….but what really matters??
#BlackLivesMatter. #AllLivesMatter. #BlueLivesMatter.
These are all the variations of hashtags that have engulfed the internet within the past few days.
#BlackLivesMatter surfaced roughly 3 years ago after the verdict was read on the Trayvon Martin case. It began as a simple hashtag but grew into a movement.
#AllLivesMatter surfaced in response to #BlackLivesMatter to imply that Black lives are not the only lives that matter.
#BlueLivesMatter surfaced exponentially after the deaths of 5 police officers in Dallas, TX, all of whom were working at a Black Lives Matter protest.
The amount of violence that has permeated America, and even this world, is constant. Mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and bombings…massive flood waters, record breaking temperatures, historical storms…racism, discrimination, hatred, gossip. All of these factors promote division instead of union.
Despite all of the turmoil, many have failed to realize what really matters.
He is the source of all joy, hope, and peace. He sees and answers our prayers. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. He was there in the beginning and will be there until the end and we gain access to Him through Jesus Christ.
Despite this nation being built one under God…”with liberty and justice for all”…we all know that the human race has a long history of straying away from God, justice, and liberty. Throughout history and today, we see many people that are acting on impulse instead of seeking first the kingdom of God. Social media rants and actions based on fear and anger are some examples. One positive example that should be emulated is the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King sought His glory first and God revealed a plan of action for King throughout the civil rights movement.
The current events of America and this world can be referenced to when the Lord appeared to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV) “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
A great amount of chaos unfolded and after the chaos came a gentle whisper. That was all. A gentle whisper. Despite the amount of mayhem that ensued, Elijah was able to hear a gentle whisper which caused him to get up and hear from the Lord.
A close relationship with the God is necessary to get through the chaos (i.e. shootings, violence, police brutality, etc.), see past the distractions (i.e. prejudices, bias, gossip, opinions, etc.), and receive some direction from Him. Like Elijah, some people are afraid (1 Kings 19:3). Others have wondered what they can do to fight back. Many have already acted and encouraged others to act. But what really matters?
Get to know God personally, develop a relationship with him through Jesus Christ, read the Bible daily, pray daily, seek Him, call out to Him…and then you will hear a gentle whisper. He’ll give you direction, He will answer your calls.
If He wants you to take some type action, then let His will be done. If He wants you to pray, then pray and obey. If He wants you to wait on Him, then wait. If He wants you to finish school, then finish school. If He wants you to be a mentor to a troubled youth, then serve diligently. If He wants you to spread the gospel, then do so cheerfully. He will speak to each of us in His own time, in His own way.
I understand and agree that Black Lives Matter. But right now, God matters above all else.
Dear Father, there are many people grieving. There are many people in pain. There are many people in need of your word, your comfort, your guidance. Many are seeking other mediums to fulfill their void but I know that you can fulfill their void. Just like how the people of Israel was lost in the desert, your people now are lost. But I know that you are here. Your protection is always available and your timing is always perfect. Many may not understand you and some may even question you but I know what you’re capable of. You’re the God of all power, you have all the authority…which is why you deserve all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise! Amen.
Scriptures for encouragement-
Matthew 6:33 (KJV): But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (KJV): Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continuously.
Matthew 7:7 (GNTD): Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV): Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
God loves you. ~SheldaRay~