by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2016
Note: stunningly the Lord had me speak this into an audio file while driving home just days BEFORE the most recent incomprehensible violence in the USA. In our deep sorrow may we realize He is with us and will guide us if we will but look to Him, listen and walk out His steps. Lord, please bless us!
Sometimes we have to look beyond what we can see in order to see the One who holds all things. That which is directly before us may be discouraging. It may look like an obstacle. It may look like the end and yet there is God ever-present in the midst of it, still ever-flowing in and through everything at all times. He is not done. On this we rely.
Yet, from here to eternity life here was never promised to be easy. Consider Jesus who is our example. He was born into a manger and died on a cross. He was mocked seriously. He was tortured, accused, set aside and not acknowledged by leadership.
There is no promise for life to be different for us because he is the example. In fact, instead He tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him.
Therefore because we are His followers when bad things and suffering happen it does not mean God does not love us. All evil, hardship, injustice and suffering are part of this fallen world in which we find ourselves. We remember here is exile.
He sent Jesus because He knows this is not the best for us. It is Jesus Who offers the way to rescue and freedom now through eternity.
We are free because we know our destiny. We are free of the world standards, expectations and how the world values us because we know how He is and to the extent we grab hold of these God concepts—these Kingdom concepts—we will live free in the midst of times which can be joyful here and sometimes filled with misery.
This world, this place of exile from the fullness for which God created us, is unjust; it is unfair; it is a place where it seems like evil sometimes wins. But it is all temporary and God is eternal.
This does not mean we flee from this place as soon as we can. Because God has work for us to do here. Jesus did not flee from this place because it was hard. And consider how hard it was for God to become man and live in our midst with the limitations that we find ourselves. The Divine contained in the human. Jesus remained here and braced the suffering in the will of Father until the will of Father released Him from it. Jesus’ suffering was due to the enemy’s strategy and it was simultaneously something God could work through to bring His ultimate goodness, freedom, joy and victory into the lives of all those who would choose to see and follow.
Currently—for such a time as this—we are His ambassadors. Our job is to gaze at Him and by His grace, in His Spirit serve as reflections of His life to a dark and lost world, where the people do not know they are dark or lost. Much like the moon when positioned as if gazing at the sun reflects that light into the dark of night partially illuminating it so people can begin to find their way, our job is to be in His Spirit and in His perfect will as an extension of God the Father like Jesus was. In this place from this space we are to let Him flow through us to touch the world His way with love and healing and restoration now and forever even (and perhaps especially) as we are in the midst of all which is not of God and seeks to stop all which is of Him.
For such a time as this. Yes, Lord, for such a time as this. You foreknew. You have the plan. Even in this hard place. We are Yours.
Oh Lord to be as a moon reflecting Your Son in this darkened world. This is that to which You call us and which we cannot do ourselves. Lord, by Your grace and with Your help we turn to You in this dark place and gaze at You more. By Your grace and in Your Spirit, listening to You moment by moment and with eyes only for You, we wait upon Your Word. What would You have us do? How would You have… us re-present You? How would you have us be Your love while standing up for Your justice and righteousness, too? We are lost without You. We cannot find our way. It is dark and getting darker. Light up the pathway back to You more brightly according to Your promises. Lead us individually in a way that then becomes corporate back to You one by one. Assuage the pain, remove the anger, pour into us Your forgiveness and guide us in the same. As we absorb Your love and are healed by Your love, pour through us more to be Your healing and reconciliation to others. Lord, it is so dark, but You are the so bright we will have no need for any other Light. Holy One, we need You. Invade our hearts; invade our atmosphere; lead us in the way we are to go, to represent You now…until You take us home forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For more information on books, worship albums, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.elizabethfulgaro.com . Music can be purchased and audio clips heard at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.
Elizabeth also posts brief devotions and prayers on Facebook on her page: Spiritual Armor and Ammo where you will find more posts of God’s truth and His way to help you stand strong against the battles of this life in which we all find ourselves.
Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org