“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” (Psalm 4:5).
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3).
Our tendency, when we face challenges, is to run away from them if at all possible. It isn’t part of the plan that we have mapped out for our lives; so, we procrastinate getting involved. For some of us, being in a crowded room is still an empty place, because we hide our true feelings from others.
I imagine that if I had to, I could master the art of isolation. I see myself activating my invisible force field that protects me from all of the negative influences in the world; so that when I walk through the mall, I can make myself invisible. (Not really, invisible, but unnoticed.) It’s good to protect ourselves, isn’t it?
God didn’t tell us to hide in a corner somewhere, drink in his blessings, and stay in our comfort zones. No, he tells us in Matthew, to “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” It is true that we are not of this world, and that we should “set our sights on things above.” But, it also tells us that we are a “City set on a hill,”We can walk in the mall, for example, and on either side of us are real people with real circumstances who are crying out for someone to help them.
That someone is Jesus Christ, but unless we get involved and show our light, who will tell them? Can we risk becoming vulnerable for the sake of a soul, in public? Unfortunately, not with our protective shield; sadly, that inferior shield has so many layers of indifference that it’s hard to penetrate it to feel the peace of a God who desires to bless us.
How can we feel the peace of God, knowing that we could have reached out to offer someone hope of a life filled with joy that will last for eternity? That hope, could give someone, who cries out for help, just the motivation he needs to make a life change. Yet, we pass by people who are hurting every day. We are too busy to notice that they are hungry. Their hunger could be for a kind word, a smile, or just a reminder that they matter to God.
If I was invisible, I could see clearly how the Lord wants me to see, through eyes of unconditional love and compassion. There’s not enough of that being practiced, today. It’s time that we shine our lights just a little bit brighter, and lead some people to salvation.
It’s time to step into the troubled waters and trust Jesus to go with you as you navigate the decisions that you must make if you want to follow Christ. It’s only after you have fully committed to serving Jesus Christ that you will find true peace in your heart. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Today, is the time to step into the troubled waters, leaving the outcome to the Lord; by facing our fears; we become victorious; we can do exploits.