Can We Overcome?

Is overcoming something we simply put out of our minds these days because there seems to be such an insurmountable mountain to climb?  Is it really important and do we really have to be a part of it?  Can’t we let someone else fix things while we relax in front of the TV after all we have already put in a full day’s work for our individual benefit? 

You don’t have to dig to accept the fact that our world has gone far beyond its intended boundaries.  There is not an area in life that hasn’t exceeded God’s original intent.  Do you ever wonder why we have allowed this to happen?  I have been reading about the earthquakes in our own country; even acknowledging that these have always been in God’s hands why would He choose to destroy what He created?  There is only one possible answer and it is not that this world was imperfectly made in the first place; it is because we, as God’s created children, have not taken care of what He chose to give us.  We have been placing ourselves and our desires above what God knew would truly make us a happy and peaceful people. 

People without the ability to think and choose are not truly happy people; it was proven to us in the very beginning in the Garden of Eden when Eve took her first bite of the forbidden fruit.  We all see ourselves as giants while God sees us as we really are and that is why He provided us with minds to comprehend life and its activities and responsibilities.  I don’t think we can blame it all on Satan and his efforts to show God who is really in control.  The author of Hebrews tells us See that you do not refuse Him who speaks.  For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying,“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven (12:25-26).

It is true that since God first created this world we have read about, seen and personally gone through rough times and we often wonder why it had to be this way.  As individuals, we cannot solve the whole world’s problems, but as with jigsaw puzzles that I love to work, one piece at a time will eventually end up creating the picture that was originally intended and that God will bless.  John tells us For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith (1:5:4).

We are facing some of the hardest problems this old world has had to face; we now have the capacity to literally extinguish the existence of life on this planet.  It is hard to believe that we could be so careless, but obviously, we are not thinking of extinguishing our life, only that of the bastards of this world.  Would that, by itself, take care of our problems?  You know as well as I that would not solve our problems; they would simply develop again in time.

The answer has always been right in front of our faces; we only have to accept it.  We only have to have faith and trust in our Creator who really does love us.  He tells us in plain and simple words in the book of Revelation – He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God (2:7) and He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son (21:7).

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony,
Everyone overcome!

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA