“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” — Philippians 2:14-15
It’s really easy to get caught up in all that’s going on in our world today. It’s tempting to take a side, whether we’re talking about politics, a social movement or a personal agenda. But we must recognize that in all areas of life, God appoints leaders. He allows some nations to rise and others to fall. We can’t afford to live walking by sight when God calls us to live by faith.
We are called to be a light in the darkness. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” God is our comfort no matter our circumstances.
If we live by sight, we can find so many things to be negative about. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Are we being conformed or transformed?
If we’re living transformed lives, we are living by faith. If we are being conformed along with the world, we are living by sight and failing to trust in our Lord. Being pure and blameless is paramount in our day. We must live my faith, knowing that God is in control of all things.
The truth is, whatever the fate of our nation, we will be OK. If it’s our time to fall, we will fall and God’s glory will be revealed even more. That may seem extreme, but it’s also the attitude we have to have as His followers. Whatever happens, in triumph or misfortune, God uses all things for His good, for the betterment of His Kingdom. It may not be what our hearts want, but we are to be still and know that He is God in the midst of all of this. It’s no more complicated than that.
It takes courage to live in Christ, but there’s no other way. When Peter asked Jesus to let him walk out on the water to Him, Jesus allowed him to enter into the storm. But once Peter let himself be frightened by the elements, he started to sink.
Are we walking in confidence or allowing our surroundings to bring us to fear or anger? In the midst of a hurricane, we have to live in faith.
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Matthew’s Increase profile here.
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