Battle Weary

I don’t know about you but lately I’ve wrestled with the question of whether what I do really matters in the scope of eternity.  At times it feels like no how matter much ground is gained in a lost and dying world there is just more evil around the corner.  Our culture, particularly in the northwest is promoting and advocating the worst kinds of sin and pain and it even permeates the church.  The Bible and God’s message to His people gets lost in the translation of a self-indulgent, self-seeking, idolatrous people and it really weighs on me at times.

With our College Students this month we are working through the book of Ecclesiastes and in the midst of the study God has used several passages to remind me that what’s in front of me is not the complete picture.  Ecclesiastes 3:14,15 have been particularly helpful to consider,

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.  God has done it, so that people fear before Him.  That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

It’s always in those moments when I realize the sin of my fear and doubt in the face of God’s perfect plan and inevitable outcome.  God’s will is what we pray to be a part of and see happen but it will happen no matter what and even when it appears that the moral fabric of our society and church are being pulled more and more tightly I reaffirm faith in a God who will overcome all challenges to accomplish His good and perfect plan.

I’m excited to see how God will use this all for the purposes He has and praying for patience in the meantime…

One Comment on “Battle Weary

  1. In First Corinthians 15:58, Paul encourages us to always be abounding in the Lord’s work because NOTHING WE DO FOR THE LORD IS EVER IN VAIN OR WASTED! Isn’t that a great comeback to Solomon’s view that all is vanity?!! What we do for ourselves or to impress others is in vain, but what we do for God’s glory will have eternal value — not because of us but because of how God can use it.
    Years ago on the mission field, I was scrubbing mildew off a ceiling in a dark corner of a TB hospital. No one was around, and I was wondering how what I was doing could possibly be glorifying God – so I asked Him. He showed me that verse in Corinthians. Then I was able to keep working and leave the consequences with Him.
    You are having a HUGE impact on the lives of students. (I am one mom who knows). And each of those students will have an impact on their families, friends, and culture. So keep “abounding” !!!

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