Introduction – Part 5: What Is a Spiritual Survivor? (continued)
The Apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise … because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). Here again we notice that need for wisdom and discernment, for understanding.
This series of blog posts is about acquiring skills that will enable you to live through times of change with your values and your faith intact.
The specific challenges I’ll present were first brainstormed by fellow ministers and laypersons who helped me select the biblical truths that would be most relevant and beneficial. I’m grateful for their help. I trust that my work will do justice to their input, because in those meetings there was a distinct sense that the Lord was with us in the process.
All of us believe we are facing days of great change. These could even be the end times, the day when God takes us all home. In whatever circumstances we find ourselves, we are convinced that the Lord makes it possible for His people to be spiritual survivors.
In Fiddler, when Tevye’s daughter Hodel gets on the train to travel far, far away to Siberia to join her chosen fiancé, she says, “Papa, God alone knows when we shall see each other again.” And Tevye responds, “Then we will leave it in His hands.”
I don’t have a specific word from the Lord for you regarding the future. I, too, am content to “leave it in His hands”! But I do feel led to challenge us to be better prepared to live in a world of rapid change, and change that isn’t always as far, far away as we would like.
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