Christian Counseling – Believing Beyond the Darkness part 1 of 2

If you have been watching or reading the news at all lately then there seems to be one inescapable conclusion. We are living in dark and perilous times. Globally we hear of terrorists, unrest in the middle east, political upheavals and uncertainty. And also North Korea. Nationally, if you consume news that leans left you may hear of corruption, the breakdown in civility, deception, greed, dangerous rhetoric spurring violence and the silencing of diversity or opposing views.

If you take in news that leans right, then you will also hear about corruption, the breakdown in civility, deception, greed, dangerous rhetoric spurring violence and the silencing of diversity or opposing views. People are on stages being pretend killed and beat up over differing political views, both before and after people are being actually shot and beat up over differing political views. Dark and perilous times.

As a Christian counselor I encounter people afraid, confused and discouraged by the current presidential administration, as well as people afraid, confused and discouraged by the response to the current presidential administration. What is consistent is the confusion, discouragement and perception of darkness. So what are we to do in such times? Shine a light? Engage? These are certainly good Christian responses, when done in a godly way. The deeper issue though is not what we are doing, but why are we doing it. Are we engaging out of fear, panic and desperation? It is when the darkness is all consuming that it is most incumbent upon us who believe to walk in faith and not fear.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

Just what are we to believe in? We are to believe in the power and love and sound mind of God, from Whom we are given that same Spirit, to walk after Him. Which means we believe that the darkness is not the whole story. We must see beyond the darkness and into the heavens where the Lord is LORD over all, including the dark.

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

We choose hope, we must choose to believe that now, as ever, God is up to something, and that something is going to be powerful and loving. We must believe beyond the darkness.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

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