This post is a part of the online book club for The Finishing School. Click the category Book Club to see posts on each chapter for additional content.
Today we are working through the homework for the chapter on awareness in The Finishing School. Here are a few of my answers to some of the questions!
If news stories cause us fear, what truth are we forgetting about God?
That He sees. That He is in control. That is is more powerful than the devil. So many times I give Satan more credit than I should.
How can emotions you feel as you hear the news inspire action?
Weep with those who weep. We are called to be aware of their suffering and not live in a bubble.
How can you cope with all the devastating news you hear?
Study Scripture about God’s sovereignty.
- Colossians 1:15-16 – “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
- 2 Chronicles 20:6 – “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.”
- John 16:33 – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- 1 John 4:4 – “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Out of your book:
God uses us being informed to change us as well. p. 150
In your life:
I’m doing the If:Equip study right now on the early church (details here!). I’ll be honest, this stuff makes me super uncomfortable. Hearing about persecution of Christians is something I’d rather bury my head in the sand about but I’m excited to learn about it in the safety of this study and not the news. I think this will provide the balance I need to become aware of this without getting sunk into the discouragement of straight news.
Sometimes as we hear about what’s going on, we feel an obligation to respond. I loved this post from The Faith Feast about silence.