I know you are, but what am I? This was a childish come back when I was just a small kid. Something would happen between you and a friend, or maybe a sibling, where you just could not agree. We were young, and so our maturity level was low, and so our arguing was not a thing of beauty. Eventually, exasperation would begin to set in, and someone would call the other person a hurtful name, and the only response we could muster up was to say, “I know you are, but what am I?”.

I would like to think we all grow out of that stage, but after watching the recent presidential debates, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, it appears to be running rampant throughout society. We live in a country that is very divisive right now. People feel very strongly about their opinions and feel it should be obvious to all that their opinion is the right one. Unfortunately, no matter how much we debate or argue, we don’t seem capable of coming up with contrition, which means our frustration builds. We eventually lash out with a childish response.

The only thing we can control is our response, and as Christians, I believe our response is even more vital. I also believe that now more than ever, we need to be praying for all of God’s children and the country as a whole. Over the past year, we have seen a worldwide pandemic, riots, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and pure hatred towards our fellow men and women. I believe God is trying to get our attention, and it is high time we pay attention. We also need to be careful not to sit on our high horse and say, “See, you all have to change,” but make no effort to check our own heart, words, and actions. 

I was reading a devotion this morning “the purpose of prayer is not to convince God to change your circumstances but prepare you to be involved in God’s activity.” It also talked about how, if God is not responding to our prayers, we may need to adjust our prayers to align with His agenda. Personally, I am not positive what God’s agenda is during these times, but I do know that He is in control and it is time for believers to keep our focus on Him and trust in Him.

Let’s pray together for this world, and make sure that everyone knows we are Christians by our love. I am praying for those who don’t know Jesus will see our love and ask themselves the question, “I know you are (a Christian), but what am I?” and will seek the truth in His Word.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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