Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 23, 2015

Trusting Jesus Even When Evil Seems to Reign

cb devo nov 23“Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 (KJV)

My heart is broken for the “city of lights” and all those impacted by the recent tragedies there. We are told that at least one of the perpetrators was a refugee. A Governor proclaims that no refugees will be allowed entrance to his state, and I am so quick to applaud his efforts to keep his residents safe. Then, I see the faces of the refugees seeking asylum, and I am moved to compassion. Such murky waters…the intersection of compassion and self-preservation. Such a compelling reminder of the cunning schemes of our foe. Not ISIS, but our true foe.

How do we as the body of Christ navigate these waters? I have no answers… but I am asking God to give me grace to address these issues with love and compassion. I want Christ’s love and my knowledge of God’s sovereignty to be evident when I speak (or post). Although the threat is real, I cannot simultaneously give in to fear and speak of God’s power, love and sovereignty.
I am convicted by how quick I have been to criticize those in authority for not dealing more effectively with these threats…for not having easy answers. Yet, I cannot even understand my own heart on these issues. So many conflicting emotions flowing through my heart…but, they are bound together by gratitude. Gratitude for my Savior, who came to the intersection of compassion and self-preservation, and chose compassion.

“Thank you, Jesus, that you looked on a broken world filled with all sorts of evil and chose to pour out yourself to give us life in You. Help us in these dark times, filled with evil, to cling to the hope we have in you so that we can be the light shining through the darkness.”

For His Glory,

Ann Skalaski
TRBC Coffee Break

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