Believe and Stand Firmby Katherine Moser on 11/16/15
What can one say in the presence of such evil? How can we begin to go on knowing that such a hatred for people exists in the world? How can we even consider the possibility that we are in an unwanted war, yet it is upon us? This is the reality of our time. France has been devastated by an onslaught of terror; Israel has been attacked on all fronts. Syria is in the midst of a war. Nigeria is fighting. Christians in the Middle East are fleeing from a genocide that no one wants to admit exists.
There are times when the world is excessively, oppressively dark. This is one of those times. What should our response be? We can send our help and support through the Red Cross and other relief organizations, through pictures, music, and words. We can take action and stand in the gap to fight for those who are struggling through the war zone. However, I believe that prayer, belief in God’s victory, and standing firm against evil are the ways to win the war.
War- how we shudder and cringe when we hear those words. It means that our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen could potentially die. It is an ugly and cruel position to find the world in, and one that we hoped would be eliminated with the formation of the United Nations. Our feeble attempts to stop war have come to naught. Where then should we turn?
Someone once asked me how I can believe and keep my faith when everything seems to be against me. I believe because I have seen too many things that are impossible without a loving God and Savior. I saw my brother survive a line drive to the eye; his bones were shattered, but he suffered no ill effects. I watched my other brother survive a car accident that totaled his car and disintegrated his watch, but he came through without a scratch. My sister endured hardships and pain with a grace and dignity that cannot be understood. My parents both experienced miracles throughout their lives, and their lives have not been easy. I am here on earth because of a miracle. You see, my twin miscarried, but I did not.
Look at history; by all accounts, it does not make sense, unless a Sovereign Lord is in control of each and every situation. America would not exist without Him; Israel would not exist without Him. England would not be the same without His guidance, and without the Protestant Reformation, which began in Germany, the world that we know today would not exist. Go back even farther into history. One man in Israel touched the world in such a way that He changed the course of history; He saved humanity through the power of His blood and resurrection. The Book that God inspired roughly 40 people to write has been changing the lives of millions for more than 2,000 years. Coincidence? No, there is no such thing. God is in control, and He is working it for good.
I know; many of you are saying, “If a God of love is in control, how come all this evil exists?” We forget; God is sovereign. Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” He does not have to work in the ways that we think He should, for He is God. As for the evil, we live in a fallen world. The duality of man is portrayed each and every day. There is a Godly nature and a sinful nature. War exemplifies both, for it brings out the best and the worst in man. World War II was fought for this very reason. Look at the history of it; the delineation of good and evil was clearly drawn. Good won out, why? Good won because we would not back down. No matter what the world looked like, someone was standing in the gap fighting for good.
We are in the midst of a War on Terror. How do we win? We believe that good will triumph, and we stand with each other. We stand firm remembering that the victory is already won. 2 Chronicles 20:15 puts it this way, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” This is not our battle; this is a battle that God has already fought and won. Do we still need to fight? Absolutely, but fight believing that we already hold the victory. Do not get bogged down looking at the circumstances. Look up, for the battle belongs to the Lord.
What is our role in this war? It is to believe, stand strong, and fight. It is fighting evil with good. Win the War on Terror by not cowering in fear; win by being strong and courageous. There is only one way to lose this war, and that is to do nothing. Edmund Burke, a great English statesman said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Do something; believe, pray, and stand firm with others fighting the good fight.
France is not alone in this war; we are not alone in this war; anyone and any country fighting this evil is not alone. God is with us, and the victory is ours. Hold onto the hope, believe that we have the victory, and fight, overcoming evil with good.