When the Darkness of the World Is Overwhelming, Lean on the Lord

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When the Darkness of the World Is Overwhelming, Lean on the Lord

The livestream stopped, and I sat stunned and scared. The bravery to share what was actually happening on the other side of the world broke my heart wide open. The hidden suffering and tragic loss of life; the severe injustice and bravery of faith in the face of it was overwhelming. When there isn’t much else we can do but pray, it’s enough until God leads us to steps of action.

Genesis 3:15 reads, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heal.” The end has already been foreseen. Satan loses. “The offspring of the woman would eventually crush the serpent’s head,” NIV Study Bible explains, “a promise fulfilled in Christ’s victory over Satan- a victory in which all believers will share.” One day, there will be no more sadness, unfairness, injustice, pain, sickness, death, terrorism, mass shootings, global pandemics, massive earthquakes and tragic wildfires. One day all the pain will dissipate as Jesus returns for His church.

Our part to play in the story of the glory of God is mysterious. He has placed a purpose in every human heart to glorify Him. As Paul wrote, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is with us. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). The Spirit of the Living God lives in every Christ follower. We have a power and a peace in Jesus which cannot be stripped away by any evil intent. We may forget we possess it, become distracted and distressed, but we can easily turn, remember, and return to Him.

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NIV Study Bible, Copyright © 1985, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2011 by Zondervan.

NIV Grace and Truth Study Bible. Copyright © 2021 by Zondervan.

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Meg Bucher 2022 headshotMeg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ. Join her in the journey at Joy Overflowing. She is also the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” and “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” and “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ.” She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her passion to write. Always active in her community and local church, Meg also leads Bible study, and serves as a leader for teen girls.