Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thoughts over morning coffee

On a typical summer morning I enjoy a cup of coffee with my morning devotions. This morning was no different, except in the fact that I checked up on Facebook first.

As I scrolled through the morning's new feed, I noticed the same themes popping up over and over again throughout my different friends' posts. A few were posting pictures and shout-outs to their new boyfriend or fiancee. Some also were exhorting single women to stay single and not worry about chasing boys. Some new moms were posting pictures of their little children, while some more seasoned mothers panicking over something their children had done. But many still were posting warnings about how not to get kidnapped, raped, attacked, robbed, and so forth.

The theme that I noticed in many of these posts was fear.

Fear that the relationship would not last, fear of people's expectations, fear to be alone, fear to be dependent on someone, fear of safety, fear of crime, fear of people, fear to trust... it was written all over my screen and I couldn't ignore it no matter how hard I tried.

I couldn't stand it for very long, I had to log off. What a depressing way to start a beautiful new day. It made me angry, actually. With all these posts like this, no wonder nobody trusts each other anymore.

I reached for my Bible and read the book of Habakkuk, one of my favorite books. The prophet Habakkuk didn't understand what God was doing all the time, yet he penned these words in the midst of a confusing time for him:

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places." (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
We don't have to be driven by fear when the Lord is our strength. Do we trust Him enough to take care of us? Do we trust that He is still at work, is still in control, is still sovereign, and will still bring about His will?

Don't let fear hinder your trust in Him. Fear is a powerful tactic that Satan uses to keep us from being obedient to Christ, don't let it bind you up! God is in control of all circumstances and causes everything to work together for good to those who love Him, even when we don't understand or when it hurts. 

Don't let fear keep you from trusting God and sharing His Word with the lost world around us. Rejoice in the Lord, for He is your strength.

In Christ,

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