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The Lord gazes upon us with sadness

The Bible tells us that humans have free will, a mind, and will of their own and, as such, are morally responsible for our behavior. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, one must wonder if the Lord gazes upon us with sadness. Sadness that so many of us have availed ourselves of the gift of free will not to follow the lessons that the Lord and his sons taught us, not to benefit humanity in general, but to indulge in selfish behavior. Even sadder is that so many use his name as the cornerstone of their actions.

In 2020 the well-being and health of Americans were sacrificed for personal and political gain. Racism and bigotry thrived and were used by our leaders to divide and conquer. The pursuit of happiness for many was impeded by existing economic and social injustice roadblocks and exacerbated by Covid. The use of masks turned into a political football by leaders and those who follow them—seeing their self-centered refusal to wear a mask as a badge of honor but a sign of disregard for the lives of their fellow man.

The result? Hundred of thousands of Americans waking up on Christmas morning to an empty chair with a heavy heart. The chair that was once occupied by a loved one regrettably lost their life to a virus that killed far more Americans than it should.

As American leaders celebrate this Christmas with their families and golf, isolated from the harsh realities of the real world, millions of Americans wait on growing food lines and face the possibility of homelessness. Simultaneously large corporations receive billions in bailouts, and millionaires continue to see their portfolio grow.

The Bible is clear we are given freedom. But we are not to use that freedom in the pursuit of our selfish desires.

Galatians 5:13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

It is not so far fetched to say that the evil man is growing in power and gaining followers each day as they are preying on the intrinsic human behavior for power, greed. Bringing out man’s true nature.

Luke 6:45: A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

It is up to those of us with true and pure faith to resist the evil around us by leaning on our faith in the Lord, and hopefully, we will one day defeat the evil from among us.

The Devil – The Hardest Working Man in Showbiz

Covid

Racial Injustice

Homelessness

Hunger

Oppression

The powerful turning a blind eye to the plight of the weak

The rich profiting off the poor

We are living in troubled times, and Satan is hard at work. He never sleeps, He is the hardest working man in show business. Taunting us. Asking us where our Lord has gone? Why has he forsaken us? He sees this as an opportunity to swoop in and get many of us to abandon our faith and switch teams.

I know because, like so many, he has tried to shake my faith. He is a master at tempting us with solutions that appear to solve our problems, but those solutions come with a hefty price. Yet, when tempted in times of trouble, it is not easy to turn away from temptation, to let go of our worry and sorrow and believe that God has us. To remember that we are His children, and He loves us so much He gave us his son so that in his death, Jesus would set us free from eternal death. To be a seed sown for the harvest of our souls for all eternity so we could be redeemed into the family of God.

Many of us forget that no matter what we are going through at the moment, it is nothing compared to the abundance of blessings that the Lord has waiting for us. The devil knows this as well, he knows he can tempt us, make us question our faith, but he also knows that he will never, not even on his best day, have the power to shower us with the blessings that the Lord will rain down on us if we keep the faith and stay the course. 

That’s why he’s out here with his nose in everything, working so hard to nurture the evil and doubt with-in us, to take us off our path home where the Lord awaits us. In times like this, He is especially active, looking to take advantage of the loneliness and sorrow many of us may be experiencing, having suffered through the loss of a loved one or challenging times we may be going through.

But stay strong, we must. Lean on our faith and laugh at the tricks he tries to get us to question our faith. Have faith that the Lord is still walking with us. So tell the devil that he can move on and look for another soul to try and turn because he is wasting his time trying to turn yours because your soul knows that God has you, and that’s all you need.