In light of and in spite of things going on in the world that appear to be ‘out of control’, it warms my heart to know that God is yet “IN CONTROL”. The media has a tendency to broadcast situations as if it has never happened before. Contrary to their belief, things such as child abuse, domestic violence, and murder, just to name a few, have been going on since the beginning of time. These situations aren’t going to change, but the good news is that prayer changes people, which will ultimately have a positive effect on the situations that arise.
These specific situations do not take God by surprise. Some may question that if God is “IN CONTROL” then why would He allow this to happen? Well the answer to that is: free will. God will not impose or force His will upon anyone to do the right thing. We all have been given the power of free will to do as we please or will to do. As I live, says the Lord God, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). As Believers we must know and understand that we have also been given additional power to overcome our personal will in order to perform His. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Everything has a purpose. Whose plan will we attach that purpose to; the enemy’s plan is to steal, kill and destroy or God’s plan… “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). This could be where the media has its place/purpose in our life during this day and age. We have to get our minds right and use the media as a resource to change people through prayer.
When the media attacks and exposes the enemy we have to be mindful to see it as it is… a fight. This is when we have to get ourselves and opinions out of the way and allow the spirit of God to get in (Ephesians 6:12). We cannot be deceived by seeing this battle as others do.
The people that the media is exposing need your prayers, not your opinions. This is not to offend anyone in the media for doing their job. It is to encourage believers to step up and do our jobs… pray. The fight is not fair. The enemy does not care who he uses to win. In fact if we are not careful he’ll use us too. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
It wouldn’t be fair or realistic of us to think that we are not going to talk about people’s foolishness and give our opinions about it. I guess that’s just part of our human frailty and make-up. But just remember that after it’s all said and done, why not have another talk about them with the One that actually cares about them and can use their foolishness just like He did ours. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise,” (1 Corinthians 1:27). SELAH.
I said all that to say, “Prayer can change people”. I am a living witness, and if “truth be told”, there are people that know me that can testify that I have not always been the God fearing, righteous man that I am today. God kept His hands on me because of the prayers of the righteous. “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). And when I decided that I just couldn’t do it on my own, He rebuked the enemy long enough for me to make an intelligent decision to choose Him and do it His way. So, don’t give up on people based on their actions, let your actions be based on the Word of God. “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
-Alan L. Jones
Alan L. Jones is retired from the U.S. Army with 20+ years. He currently works as a civilian at the Fort Meade Army Base in Maryland. He resides in Owings Mills, MD with his wife. A husband, father, grandfather… Alan is a family man dedicated to seeing everyone reach their full potential in Christ.