The last six weeks have been unbelievably tough. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, earthquakes in neighboring Mexico, and this week the horrific massacre in Las Vegas have left many shaken and wondering what is happening to our world. People are curious to see how Christians react during times like this, so I thought I would share a few crucial reminders for all of us:
God is still good.
Whatever happens in this world, God is good and He will always be good. We will be tempted to think God has changed, that He doesn't care or that He is uninvolved. But nothing will ever change the fact that our God loves us and He is good. His heart aches when tragedy strikes and people suffer loss, are hurt, or killed. He is good. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1.
Life is fragile, we are vulnerable, and we are dependent on our God.
We are vulnerable, fragile beings. The Bible teaches us that our lives are like a morning mist that appears for just a little while, then vanishes as suddenly as it appears (James 4:14). Anything can happen at anytime. We are completely vulnerable, absolutely fragile, and in times like this we have to remember we are totally dependent on God, as helpless as little children who look to their parents for everything. We have to learn to look to Him and trust Him as never before.
Our world is broken until Jesus returns
People are broken and nature is broken, all because of the curse of sin. Paul said in Romans 8:18-25 that all of God’s creation is suffering in “bondage to decay”, and is longing to be liberated when Jesus returns to establish His perfect justice and peace. As the world continues to spin out of control, we should look forward to the return of Jesus more now than ever.
Stay ready for whatever is next
The Bible is clear that things are not going to get better on the earth. In fact, violence will increase and so will natural disasters (Matthew 24:3-14). Our challenge is to be fearlessly strong in the Lord; standing firm, staying faithful, loving God and one another, and armoring up for whatever is next. (Ephesians 6:10-20).
Speak peace and confidence
Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b) Jesus is not afraid of what we are afraid of, and He has already overcome whatever is to come. So it’s important that we display confidence to our children, grandchildren, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors. Speak peace to frightened hearts, reminding them that our Lord is good, He loves us, and He’s coming soon to make all things new!
Display hope and love
It’s during dark times that the church can shine brightest. This is our chance to remind the world that Jesus is the way, and He is our hope. In Jesus Christ we have what people across the globe are desperately searching. And, this is our moment to love people like never before, giving them a visible demonstration of His love for them.
In this time of uncertainty, here’s what the Bible says is certain; until Jesus returns there will be more violence, natural disasters, wars, and many other events that will shake the hearts of many. Let’s decide now that as God’s people we will not be afraid. Let’s steady our hearts and live confidently, knowing that God has a glorious future planned for all who believe on His Son. Our job is to tell the world it’s hope is Him and only Him. These are really tough times, but are we not here on the earth for such a time as this?