It’s a great time to be alive.
Today I realized the greatness of the hour in which we live. In the midst of extreme fear and dividing controversy, we have the greatest opportunity to know what our God is really like and to be just like him.
Today I was shocked by this verse that talks about loving our enemies… “for he is KIND to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:35-36) Jesus said that about the Most High.
Pause and Reflect.
We live in a world with real enemies. Not only a spiritual enemy but human beings who seek to kill and destroy others as what they believe to be a duty unto God. It’s not much different from the world that the disciples knew. “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (John 16:2). It’s also not much different from the world that many countries ravaged by war have known for decades. But it is different from the safe and comfortable 29 years that I have lived.
Much of my life, I have not known the threat of an enemy. September 11th was my first exposure to terrorism and hate. I was only a freshman in high school and I didn’t fully understand the depth of hatred toward America. With recent events in Europe, the fear of our enemies is more tangible than ever before. With the coming Presidential election, fear is the weapon of choice, though disguised in caution and false wisdom.
As the fear of evil thickens, I begin to understand the fear of the LORD. If I truly believe that God is all-powerful…the one with the most power, the name above every other name and the highest authority in the entire universe, how can I continue to fear my enemy? If I believe that God has not fallen off of his throne, how can I fear those who sit on a smaller throne?
This life is a vapor; it is here today and gone tomorrow. The hope that we live by is that there is more beyond this life, and it is far greater. There is eternity full of goodness and laughter and peace. And it is the LORD who holds eternity in his hands.
Therefore, I have decided that it is the best time to be alive. It is the greatest opportunity to be kind to the ungrateful and the evil. It is the perfect time to be merciful and generous to the undeserving. Not only because God has been kind to me, but because I want to treat people the same way he does. I want to live in light of eternity and in allegiance to his kingdom.
Whatever my government decides and however the world responds to this present evil, my heart will not hate and my soul will not fear.
“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.” Proverbs 24:10-11