When Courtney created this blog site and asked me to ‘start leaving my foot print in the sand for those who will come after me,’ I liked the idea, but was a bit apprehensive. I visited with some folks who had blogs and picked their brains. It seemed that each blogger had a different objective. I wanted to leave behind something of a collection of my thoughts, beliefs, experiences, and thinking on a large number of issues. Thus, I entitled the bog as “It Seems to me . . .”
I also wanted to include a means wherein folks who stumbled upon the blog site could leave comments and opinions . . . even if it included a message telling me that I was full of prunes. Several folks suggest that I forget that notion and suggested that folks could be mean. I had been doing professional seminars for many years and always concluded the sessions with an evaluation form. Sometimes some folks were rude, but for the most part I thought they were pretty fair and I used that feedback to improve my program and message. I am glad that Courtney built that into the site and I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of comments with folk’s thoughts that have been posted. I have also been surprised at the range the blog has seemed to reach . . . a number of comments have come from across Europe . . . and in a number of languages. I am coming to realize that there is an obvious information hi-way in this new high-tech world . . . and sometimes folks stumble onto my site. I am glad to have them visit and pray that perhaps my musings might challenge some thought. I understand that they stumble upon me as they search for information on a particular topic about which I might have offered my thoughts; thus, I try to put a topic heading on each post . . . just as I have today.
Sometimes life becomes complex, perplexing, and even troubling. In such times, we need and want answers . . . something real to which we can grasp and hang onto. I know that I certainly do, and my source of wisdom, strength, and the anchor to which I hold is the Scripture . . . the Holy Bible. I don’t suppose I have ever discovered an issue that was beyond its wide and powerful scope.
Recently, we have witnessed a new level of ugliness and have been shocked and horrified . . . terrorism across the globe with evil, misguided men driving trucks into crowds of people, the tragic mass murder in Las Vegas, and the Church shooting in Sutherland Springs. What can we say to such things, such depravity, such evil?
It seems to me . . . that the Apostle Paul explained it well in his epistle to the early Church located in the City of Ephesus when he reminded those Believers that “our struggle in life on this earth is not ‘against flesh and blood,’ but against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Here is his encouragement and inspired insight into this struggle . . .
Ephesians 10:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
How are we to respond in spirit to this ugliness? It Seems to me . . . that my best defense is to try to follow Paul’s admonition . . . keep close watch on my heart, mind, and tongue. I can best do that by putting on the whole armor of God . . . and being ever mindful that I am dwelling in a troubled world and surrounded by a confused and troubled culture, and pray for those who are hurting and afflicted in this craziness . . . all the while praying, “even so, come now Lord Jesus!”
I yearn for that day when the Messiah will make all things right . . . and the lion and the lamb will lie together! What a day that will be!