Can I be honest with you? Of course I can, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I am not in a good mood. I am stressed, scared, upset, exhausted and discouraged.
Like the rest of you, I am being inundated with bad news all the time here in 2020. Between COVID-19, racial tensions and so much more, this year has not been a great one. Oh, it will go into the history books, but not for any reason we want to remember.
Personally, this year has been tough. It started off with my favorite basketball player of all time, Kobe Bryant (I know he was a flawed human) tragically dying and now I am facing a future where my daughter has been diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. Everything in between has been almost out of the book of Revelation. I am now working from home full-time, I haven’t eaten out inside a restaurant in months and have to wear a mask into the store. Top that off with being absolutely mortified every time I turn on the nightly news.
In times like these, most of us get down, depressed and feel hopeless. Nothing seems to be right in the world. No one seems to be happy. The future looks so dark.
My wife asked me last night “Is this how we are going to have to live forever? Will things ever get back to normal?” I told her I don’t know. I really don’t.
Our church started services back last week. But now with an immune compromised daughter and COVID-19 cases increasing in my area, we still haven’t gone back to our church service. I miss my church family, but also know that God has given me the knowledge to make the right decisions for me and my family.
Where do we go from here? We go to God.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10
We all need to remind ourselves that this world has been in worse shape than this before. History tells tales of fallen governments, slavery, natural disasters, world wars and terrible injustices. The earth is not immune to the work of the devil, my friends. Make no mistake about it, he is hard at work. What happens is that the devil is patient. He is like a tiger in the jungle. He waits and waits and pounces at a moment when you least expect it. But we should expect it. You see, with the armor of God surrounding us, the devil is helpless. But when we let our guard down, when we get too caught up in worldly things, when we get a little too comfortable, he is there waiting.
God is in charge. He always has been.
Every time this world gets too far off course, God intervenes. He did it with Noah. A little over 2000 years ago things got so bad, He came down here himself to show us the way. And we still can’t seem to get it right.
Jesus has already showed us how to cure all of these problems … love. Love God, love yourself and love your neighbor. That’s it friends, that’s everything.
Yes, there will always be some bad things in this world. Like I said, the devil is hard at work. But Jesus already told us that He has it all covered.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Those are the actual words of Jesus Christ. God himself, came down and told us to love one another and if we love Him and look to Him, everything will be OK.
So, yes, I am discouraged, but I also have hope. I have hope that my Savior already knows how all of this ends. I have hope that my Savior has a plan. I have hope that my Savior has all of the power and at the right time the sun will shine again on our world.
So today, I encourage you to look ahead and not behind. God is in control. He knows what is going on and He wants us to learn something from our experiences. First and foremost, we need to learn that we really do need Him. If anything shows us that we need God, it’s all of the turmoil that 2020 has brought to us.
Take a moment to pray today. Don’t ask for anything. Just tell God that you hear Him and you will do better. Tell Him that you trust Him. Tell Him that you love Him and will try harder to love everyone else.
So what should we all do when nothing seems to be going right? TRUST GOD. He’s got this. I promise.
I really needed this blog. It seems that I always lack communication or focus in God because of my struggle with pornography and bad thoughts. I've been baptized last year in April so I don't want to lose hope. I've also gotten a tattoo before I was baptized but it just says "blessed". I had a surgery on my head from an brain aneurysm when I was 10 which most people die of so I decided to get the tattoo to show that through everything I went through I'm blessed to still be here. I've repented to God about this tattoo because I just wanted it for the look since I've always wanted one but two days later I was considering removal a year or two from now. Ive just turned 20 in March this year so I have more learning to do. I just sometimes lose focus or lack the help I want. I would like to take more action on becoming a full christian. This article helped me
6/26/2020 01:38:12 am
I feel you . I have a daughter that has type I diabetes and has a learning disability. So drained I also help to take care of my grandchildren for my son when he is at work. My grandson Aiden has downsydrome there is alot going on my mom is not doing well mentally . There is only one me. My brother and sister are addicts. And believe this we all live here. It feels like a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, thunder and lightening. Im so tired at times and feel like giving up but God ❤continues to give me the strength, love that I need each day. God ❤Bless you .
6/27/2020 04:07:03 pm
GOD Bless you brother, and read this
6/24/2020 10:18:01 am
Tylor: This article helped me too. You are blessed - you accepted Christ. I sometimes forget how much he loves me. I have been a Christian for 30+ years. It's easy to lose focus on Him when everything around us seems to be in turmoil. Step back, look to God and re-focus. I needed to do that. All the input from the media (in all its forms) is negative. God has our back. We have to go through this like everyone else - with the exception that we have hope and God's never-ending supply of love. Remember, read your Bible, pray and attend Church when you can (online when you can't). those things will help you keep focused.
6/24/2020 08:56:02 pm
Thank you for writting this. My problem now is not that I don’t trust God, but to know that His plan is not the same for everybody. We don’t know the outcome. Maybe He has a great ending for you and He helps you endure and come out of this in good shape. But also, maybe He has other plans for you or me. The Bible says faith sometimes has to be put to test and that gold has to go through fire in order to be purified. That’s what makes me anxious and uneasy. I’m sorry, I know He will be there and strengthen us if we go through difficult times... but right now I dont know if it’s enough consolation right now to know that He will “be there” I’d rather know that either I won’t go through some horror or that He will protect me and my family.
6/27/2020 01:55:19 am
I just want to encourage everyone in the comments. I’ve experienced an extremely challenging last few years and today I experienced a breakthrough that is a continuation from a development about 8 weeks ago. Throughout the past two years I have sobbed and cried on many occasions and all the while worshiping Father, Son and Holy Spirit and promising that I will continue to have faith even though my heart was breaking. Don’t give up. Call out the promises of God over your lives, join a small group that you feel connected with and ask them to pray for your needs and you pray for theirs. There is power in the word of God and your brothers and sisters in Christ praying for you. I also encourage you to sign up for the Miracle Everyday newsletter. I believe I joined the newsletter via Jesus.net. Dear Lord, thank you for brining strength, peace, wisdom and abundant provision to your children on this comment thread. I pray in Jesus name that you will show them you are with them by demonstrating an encouraging act that they know could only come from You! ❤️ Amen!
5/18/2023 02:46:43 am
All I do is to pray and surrender all my struggles and doubts because I know he will help me to find ways.
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