Does anyone else feel like we are in the middle of a movie script? With all that is going on in Ireland and around the world it’s like a plot from a blockbuster movie.
If a movie were to be made about this season what is your role in the storyline? Are you living in a panic or in a place of peace? Are your conversations filled with fear and anxiety or are you speaking life and hope into the circumstances around you?
No matter what is going on around us, we as Christians we are called to be light to a frightened world. In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus tells us “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
The end of the script may not be known by man, but we can rest knowing that God knows and when we walk through a season of difficulty none of it is a surprise to Him. Our future is secure in God’s Sovereign plan. Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family recently said “We’re sailing in unchartered waters but our ship is neither rudderless nor without a desired destination in mind. God remains in full and complete control.”
People in Ireland need the collective Church more than ever but first we as believers need to know who we are in Christ, know the infilling of the Holy Spirit and rest in and be led by the Holy Spirit. We are His children and He is our peace, security and hope in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we have grasped that realisation that He is for us, then we can be light for all to see.
We the Church need to go on the offensive and unleash the power of prayer for our leaders, the sick, the needy and for peace and unity throughout our land. We can use this season to spend more time in the word and fix our eyes on what is true (Philippians 4:8) preparing ourselves for what’s next in our own individual lives, our communities and land. Let’s pray that when we do look back on our lives that God alone will get the credit and that others will see His work and love in action through us.
Father, we thank You that You are sovereign and all knowing. We lift Ireland to You, and we pray that You would be our healer, provider and protector, that You would give wisdom and sound guidance to those who lead us. Father, we pray for those who have found life to be difficult, that You would grant them Your comfort and help each one of us to be Your light among those we come in contact with. In Your name I pray, Amen.