Secular humanists have fanned the flames of narcissism, hedonism, and self-gratification
By Mike Evans
We live in the “Me Generation” where secular humanists, even in the pulpit, have fanned the flames of narcissism, hedonism, and self-gratification. The United States has never had so much stuff and been so unhappy. Millions are looking within for happiness, but the only problem is that doesn’t work. You were not self-created; you can’t tell yourself the purpose for which you were created.
There is great truth in the words: “Look around and be distressed; look within and be depressed; look to Jesus and be at rest.” Victor Frankl, a Jewish neurologist/psychiatrist, was given the opportunity to leave Nazi Germany for the United States. He chose to stay because of the commandment the Bible, “Honor your father and mother.” In the concentration camp, most of his family perished, but Frankl lived. In his book, A Search for Meaning, honored by the Library of Congress, he states: “If man knows the why of his existence, he can bear almost any how.” Corrie ten Boom found that to be true in her life while she was also imprisoned by the Nazis.
A Gallup Poll revealed that 40 percent of Americans do not think their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about the question. Frankl’s study revealed that living a meaningful life corresponds with being a giver, not a taker, and that happiness without meaning is characterized by a relatively shallow self-absorbed, even selfish life.
My book, Living in the F.O.G., was written to help Christians see this truth clearly. Living in the F.O.G. (Favor of God), is not about what you can get from God, but what you can give to God: “You, God, created absolutely everything…and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NLT).
When Christ appeared to me at eleven years of age and said, “I love you, son, and have a great plan for your life,” He stilled me in the midst of my storm. I would remain in the house of an abusive, Jew-hating father for another five and one-half years. Sometimes, God stills the storm; most times He stills us in the midst of the storm.
In serving the Lord for more than fifty years, I’ve learned that to have His affirmation requires radical forgiveness, generosity, humility, and obedience. The majority of the great miracles in my life happened in war zones—Saudi Arabia where I was threatened with decapitation for preaching the Gospel, in Somalia where al Qaeda terrorists attempted to kill me on the same day the Blackhawk was shot down, in Beirut, Lebanon a few hours after I preached the Gospel and distributed Bibles to 241 young Marines, and in Israel with missiles flying over my head and people running through the streets to bomb shelters, and the Spirit of God saying to me, “Don’t run.” Even on my birthday, June 30, a terrorist headed for my home to kill me, murdered two people, one a state trooper—according to the ATF.
Your war zone may be unsaved loved ones or forgiving a person to whom you gave your heart and has now slandered you. I want to encourage you that if you are struggling, broken-hearted, have a bad report from your doctor, a situation with your child that doesn’t seem favorable, depressed to the core of your soul, can’t feel God’s favor, know this: you are not one-in-a-million, you are one in six billion.
The Bible says in Psalm 139, “You shaped me first inside and then out. You formed me in my mother’s womb.” God created you for a purpose. God is greater than you think; closer than you think; more ambitious than you think, more committed than you think.
Frame your world around the favor of God. Get out of your comfort zone. Living in the F.O.G. was also written to lead you into a deeper, living, breathing, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. It will change the way you see God, and your understanding of the way He sees you and His Word.
The good news: If you have any mountains that seem impossible to climb, the favor of God works best in the realm of the impossible. Psalm 5:12 declares, “For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Yes, the favor of God is when the realm of the impossible touches things beyond the grave which have eternal significance. Moses was called to pastor two million stiff-necked, rebellious people. Because of his obedience, God declared, “I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight” (Exodus 32:12).
The angel proclaimed to Mary in Luke 1:28, “Greetings, you who are highly favored. The Lord is with you.” Mary had the favor factor. She was super-favored. But this is what came next: You’re going to give birth in a barn to a baby that will appear to be born out of wedlock. He will be the Savior of the world, and you will watch Him die on a criminal’s cross.”
Crisis is an opportunity to trust God who can use you to do something that the world will know that it was Him simply because it could not have been you. You can be a vessel to manifest His glory.
Let the Spirit of God open your eyes to this revelation, and cease to be obsessed with what you are going through, but rather with what you are going to.
Dr. Mike Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest novel, The Locket, is the riveting story of a young Jewish girl who realizes that her neighbor, Adolf Eichmann, grew up to be the architect of the “final solution.” It documents her struggle to survive the Holocaust and bring Eichmann to justice. For information, visit www.Timeworthybooks.com.