live-simply-saturdayDoes anyone else feel like the world has gone mad? The United States is beginning to look like a foreign country to me. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Peter “calls believers to a righteous life in a hostile world.” (John MacArthur study notes)

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers . . . ” (1Peter 2:11)

Almost every day leaves me gasping for air, deeply troubled, and fighting off fear for the future of my children and their children.

I think many women share this suffocating burden — living with instantaneous, easily accesible information 24/7!  Many of us respond by posting, sounding the alarm, encouraging, warning, laughing at the absurdity, crying with the pain . . .

an unceasing

never ending

frightening rollercoatser ride

and many of us get derailed from what the Lord has called us to do and be.

Carrying the emotional burden for a broken and hostile world is far too great for any of us to bear. It is not fixable. As a young man said in my homeschool literature class,

“Doesn’t Scripture tell us the world is going south anyway?”

So where does this leave our quivering spirits?

How about hanging on to the Lord with all our might, (and maybe white-knuckled)? We are aliens. Believers are called to be set apart and holy not as ‘separatists’ and certainly not as elitists but thankful, humbled, children of the Living God, sights set on eternity.

Nothing of this world will ever be comfortable, recognizable, provide safety, nor provide rest — it isn’t supposed to — those things are only available to us with the Lord.

He is our refuge and our strength. Go to Him, to Him alone.

“Hear my prayer, O Lord and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You,
A sojourner like all my fathers.”
Psalm 40:12

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