While observing the chaos in the world today, it is understandable to feel a sense of helplessness.
When a person feels helpless, it is common to succumb to apathy, or to misdirect frustration onto whatever target is closest, but a more productive response might be to change things one small step at a time within one’s own sphere of influence:
Do the next right thing.
Make a difference where you can make a difference; be kind to people you encounter, offer praise freely when it’s deserved, forgive slights, real or imagined, and most of all, pray for one another and trust God.
We are in a spiritual battle where faith, prayer, and righteous acts are powerful weapons.
In order to be most effective we must be equipped with the full armor of God.10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the]wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— – Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV)
We are in a real battle, one where each believer must enter the struggle girded with truth. As much as we might like to jump into bed and pull the covers over our head while the conflict rages, we have been called to participate.
God has provided us with all the weapons and ammunition we need.
Don’t go into battle unarmed.