This past week, I had the opportunity to see the viral video, Kony2012.com. You may have heard about this on the news or even seen the video yourself, but, if not, let me briefly explain its content. Kony 2012 is a campaign by a San Diego-based charity called Invisible Children, and it was developed to bring global awareness of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Kony, a self-proclaimed Christian, is the head of a guerrilla group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) which began in 1987. The LRA began in Uganda, but has since moved to the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kony claims that success for the LRA would mean a theocracy for these areas with laws based on the Ten Commandments. But, there is a problem in his view of a sovereign government ruled by our great God. Kony has used and continues to use extreme violence and immoral activity to fight this war he has raged. In fact, over the years, Kony and the LRA have kidnapped more than 60,000 children to use as fighters or sex slaves. It is also reported the LRA forces each child to kill their own parents so they won’t have homes to return to. Needless to say, the video is heart-wrenching, and it has forced me to think and pray a great deal this week about the immense amount of evil in our world today.
For me, it is incredibly easy to turn a blind eye to areas where evil abounds. I like to remain content and happy in my neighborhood “bubble” which keeps me safe and sound. When my eyes are opened to the horrific acts which are occurring even as I write, my emotions are overcome with a profound feeling of helplessness, and quite honestly, it shakes my faith. I begin to question God. But, as I’ve learned, questions can be good – especially when you take them directly to His Throne and allow Him to guide you in His Word for answers. One word God kept bringing to the forefront of my mind was “trust.” Do you trust Me Katie? Despite the evil in the world and the innocent lives being affected as a result, do you trust Me? I wanted to answer wholeheartedly, “yes!” But, I really wasn’t sure if I did, and I realized I needed to reevaluate my heart on this issue.
As Christians, trust in our Holy God is crucial in our relationship with Him. Isaiah 26:4 tells us to “trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” Nahum 1:7 says “the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” And, we are also told in the familiar verses of Proverbs 3:5-6 to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Trust God. Acknowledge God. Seems simple enough – however, “trust” in its very nature, requires unanswered questions. Therefore, in reality, our trust in our wonderful Heavenly Father is actually based on our acknowledgement of Him. The word “acknowledge” in Proverbs 3:6 means “to know, to perceive and see, to find out and discern,” but it also means “to be made known or to be revealed.” It’s not enough for us to read God’s Word and know His scriptures. Our acknowledgement of God has to also be based on our observations of Him and His ways. The more we observe Him, the more He will make Himself known. In turn, our faith and trust will grow – allowing us to be content with our unanswered questions.
So, yes, we will continue to experience evil in this fallen world – extreme, horrific evil – but, we serve a God who is good and trustworthy (2 Samuel 7:28). Do I still have unanswered questions? Absolutely! But, I recognize my questions are based on what is seen and temporal. I must continually adjust my eyes to the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). In the meantime, I rest in the words of our Creator in Isaiah 55:9 – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Amen, my powerful and mighty Father. Amen.
Until next week, relying on His ways… Katie