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.
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