America seems to be reeling in a lack of faith. What will happen with the new president? How will this affect my daily life? Because God is in control of history, He is never frustrated by any turn of events or human action. He is able to save us from the evil of this world and deliver us from sin and death. Because we trust in Jesus, we are not to fear what will happen or what people may do to us; instead, we are to be confident in God’s control.
How many times do we almost drown in the floodwaters of fear? How often are we overcome by waves of discontent or pulled by currents of doubt? How often do we forget that Jesus Christ, the Master of the Universe, is within us? He has already saved us from doubt, disappointment, dread and death. In His strength, we can move mountains. We can change the world. We can be His representative of peace, strength, and love within our family, our neighborhood, and our workplace.
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5) Jesus, the One with the power to rebuke the winds and calm the waters, is our lifesaver. The knowledge that He is within us boosts us up above the waves of fear and into the peace of His presence.
When caught up in the riptides of life, we are to examine ourselves to make sure we are acknowledging the fact that Christ resides within us. Buoyed by His presence, we can withstand the storm and rise up in the power of His strength. We are to remember, “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut. 31:8)
Even if you are not in fear at this time, others are. We have a unique opportunity during what many believe is a “catastrophe waiting to happen” to share the love of Jesus. We can be the light shining in the darkness, and people gravitate to the light. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16) We have an opportunity to meet them where they are, and share how they can also be saved from doubt, disappointment, dread and death. If you are willing to minister and share the love of Jesus with the fearful, the Holy Spirit will speak through you. You only need to be a willing vessel. Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matt. 22:37-39) Let’s love our neighbors enough to share how they, too, can be confident in the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ!