I had some idea on how I wanted to respond to this YouTube channel and to one of the commenters but held back, knowing by God’s grace, that it is best to ask His advice before pushing forth in my own thoughts and feelings.
“We must have a continual regard to God’s providence. We must depend upon it in all our affairs, both by faith and prayer. We must therefore trust in the Lord with all our hearts; we must believe that He is able to do what He will, wise to do what is best, and good, according to His promise, to do what is best for us, if we love Him, and serve Him.
We must ask God’s advice and beg direction from Him—He shall direct thy paths so that thy way shall be safe and good and the issue happy at last” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary, Proverbs 3:5-6, p. 737).
On this YouTube channel, the woman speaks openly of her personal life and her faith in God. I find that she and I are similar, so I check in on her from time to time to see where she is in her thoughts and emotions because I identify with parts of her story.
The other night she posted a new video, and the title grabbed my attention, so I listened and as I did, I felt drawn into her transparent account of her current circumstances. She admitted to spending some time in the hospital and that she had just arrived home and was feeling thankful. She was pleased with her Christmas tree and her decorations which did look welcoming and festive. It was good to see her smile!
I could not help but browse the comments on this video. I am not a huge reader of comments because I feel that some can be harsh and negative. We must guard our hearts and minds, whatever we let in could potentially become a war zone!!
In this case, I skimmed and came across one that gave me pause. Let me share it with you so that you may have a better understanding of where I am coming from.
It appears to be from a male individual; I will keep his name out of it because it is not my intention to bash or shame him, only to share with you the wisdom God implanted within me regarding his message to this woman on the YouTube channel. He writes:
“Don’t believe the whole Bible Story thing. I think there’s a reason they call it the greatest STORY ever told. I do enjoy listening to you though. You come across as a legitimate person dealing with real issues and doing the best you can. If believing helps you get through the days, you gotta do what you gotta do. For you…peace of Christ.”
Peace of Christ is how this YouTuber closes her videos.
I could scroll no further because I felt defensive. I wanted to blurt out a comment but instead, I sat for a good fifteen minutes stewing. It evoked such emotion; I felt sorry, angry, doubtful, and thankful all at the same time.
Sorry, because someone would take the time to spew negativity on a faith-based YouTube channel.
Sorry that he felt led to deflate rather than to uplift this woman who is obviously in a difficult time in her life. She is wavering in faith, questioning God’s existence, and possibly feeling foolish for her beliefs and practices.
I do not fault this man, entirely, because I know it is truly Satan behind this individual’s action; this is where the fault lies. This is where it starts! Yes, there is a responsibility to the commenter but when blinded by darkness, one cannot see where one goes wrong! I can testify to this!!
Sorry, because this person is missing out on God’s goodness! There is so much more to our daily existence when God is guiding and perfecting our steps. There is a love, that is not of this world, that this man is void of. God is unable to pour His love into him because his heart is hardened; it cannot accept what is freely given to him. There is fullness to life when God occupies our hearts. We become soft inside; we are a new creation in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians: 5:17, ESV).
Angry, because this person has no clue as to who God is, no idea of the power and the love of God for ALL people. This is an individual who is clearly at ease to eradicate God’s Word, self-empowered to squash the Gospel Message without realizing WHO he is really tampering with. He has no regard for the betterment of others. He sees weakness and strikes!
Angry because this guy represents a corrupt and dysfunctional world. He is a reminder that there are self-seekers out there who are determined to sabotage others. What was once created pure and perfect is now marred with discord and hate. God has given so much. He is worthy of honor, glory, praise, and thanksgiving and we keep it all for ourselves.
Angry, because this man is no different than I. Without the blood of Jesus, I am just as poor as he is!
Angry, because he shook me!
Doubtful of any goodness in people and in myself.
Doubtful, in my own belief in God.
Doubtful in the things I think, say, write, and do.
Is my mind playing tricks on me? Is the mind truly strong enough to heal, change behaviors, bring about new perspectives, and conjure up a personal relationship with Someone that is unseen: A pretend friend, a crutch, an escape, an excuse? Is the Bible true or is it just a great STORY as the commenter suggests? Did any of it really happen or will it happen: Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath, The Ten Commandments, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the New Creation, and eternal life?
As I sat in doubt, the Lord in His faithfulness, brought to my remembrance, the tender care He has bestowed upon me thus far. He pointed out, as He has always does when I am shaken, that He has always been with me. He showed me where I was before I devoted my life to His Son, Jesus, and where I am now. I am different! The battles that He has won in my life; I could not win in my own strength. Trust me, I have tried numerous times to accomplish the impossible all by myself. I could only grit my teeth and bear it for so long, I would slowly slide backward and eventually end up right back to the beginning, square one, I called it! I shudder at the thought of that old Racinda!
It is only God who changes the heart! A person does not go from self-centered thinking to holy desires and affection for Jesus all alone. There is a divine work in progress before that person is opened to receive Jesus Christ. God is on the move while we are in the midst of sin. Is that not glorious! Here we are, king of our kingdom, doing as we please, making choices according to our comforts and will, and God’s hand is in motion. His power and grace fill the atmosphere and we are clueless! The Holy Spirit circles crowds of people, looking for that one who has been specially readied to be descended up and when this happens, that person is immediately destined to a life of change.
It may be a loud announcement of glory or it may be quiet and without recognition but rest assured, when Jesus is received, you have also received the Holy Spirit, who has come to live in you, praying on your behalf, protecting, guiding, and transforming!
“If you love me (Jesus), keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
All this I (Jesus) have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:15-18, 25-27).
Hallelujah! It is nothing we do; it is everything He does!!
Thankful, because I was blind and now, I see (Amazing Grace, John Newton). Thankful, that at every twist and turn in my life, God is there. Not one detail goes unnoticed! He is with us! I hear Him and feel Him, so I know He exists. I am well, joyful, and at peace because of Him. I know what I was, and I know where I am now and I did not do any of it. Trust me, I have tried!!
Thankful because He choose me. Thankful for the opportunity to serve Him and people, to know Him and love Him. Thankful for my Salvation!
Please make no mistake, what He does for one, He does for all.
Yes, I did stew over the disrespectful comment to the woman on the YouTube channel. He was not only rude and heartless to her but towards God as well. He will have to answer to this, and it may be while he walks this earth or it may be when he stands face to face to Almighty God. The day is coming for us all! There is no way out of this!
Whether this guy believes in God or not, his words were still thoughtless and inconsiderate. I do understand that there is unbelief in the world and it certainly is not what I would like but I am thankful it weeds out the righteous from the unrighteous and at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, there will be a divine sifting and I am thankful that not one will come through the gates of heaven and into the New Creation who does not belong.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV).
Two days ago, I did come into prayer with my own agenda regarding the response to the YouTube channel and the commenter. The Holy Spirit held me back, telling me to seek God first, to which I did. I asked God:
“Do you want me to respond? If so, what do you want me to say? Do I respond to both the woman and the man? I want to do as you request.”
As I sat and prayerfully pondered all the questions, I realized that God’s peace had not been present the entire time I was with Him. Those emotions that I felt in reading the unbelieving comment had quietly crept into my private communications with God. My serenity was yanked from me and I was left rattled! The communion I crave from Him had not been there. I was so wrapped up in my plans for the morning that I could not hear Him.
Once the Holy Spirit pointed out the intrusion, He brought to my mind Proverbs 3:5-8 (NIV):
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
In reading this, it was God’s peace that was missing in my time of prayer.
In my experience, if there is peace, there is God; when there is unrest, there is the enemy. Seek peace always and there you will find God!!
I dropped my agenda and prayed:
“…Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:10-11, NIV).
I am confirmed in my Holy Spirit guided decision to wait on God. No matter how small or big, we should never make a decision without asking God first. What sounded like the right thing to do that morning regarding a YouTube response, now seems silly and pointless.
I prayed for both, the woman and commenter, and I will continue to pray for them because I know the power of prayer. I know that as I pray, I am heard, and I am answered. God will deal with them both in the way He sees fit.
I do not say this unkindly! God is a loving God, and He will do just as His Word promises. His sent His Son into this world to save us all. Jesus Christ is for us, not against us. It is His blood that reconciles us back to the Father, and because of this, Jesus will do as only He can do to bring goodness to the people and glory to Almighty God.
Hallelujah and peace of Christ!