By Rob Flaherty - Interim Student Minister
I recently told a friend, "It's no coincidence that we have lived through so many dark historical events at such a young age." It's hard to understand the implications of such a statement for many reasons. Although, it reminds me of a passage of scripture:
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The crisis in Ukrainian is dark and unimaginable. Praise God there is no mistaking the effect of light upon a dark situation. Light boldly announces its presence and disperses darkness. Unfortunately, the world has become darker and darker, but don't blame the darkness! It is simply doing what the darkness does.
The problem is not with the darkness. The problem is with the lack of light. "Crisis" comes from the Greek noun krisis (decision). Crisis, like darkness, isn't bad when it is understood as a "lack of light" or a "decision." Why? Because crisis can lead to the Lord! God wants you to shine as a testimony of His presence and power at all times, but especially in a time of crisis.
We have a nation in exodus and a world on edge. 1 Peter 4:7 says, "Be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray." Just because we can't be on the ground helping doesn't mean that He can't. In difficult times like this, Peter says, "Be calm and remember who is in charge!" Remember the light and the power of prayer! What a tremendous responsibility to make world-changing petitions to a Holy God!
In the weeks to come, spend some extra time and let your light shine in prayer for the people of Russia and Ukraine! Pray for the people who are there sharing the Gospel. Pray for the leadership and service men and woman of our nation. Don’t forget to PRAISE God for His sovereignty in challenging times such as these!