Sometimes I think about the status of our world and it makes me sad. It seems that there are more killings, more violence, etc. A couple of days ago when we were in Columbus a guy in the next lane all of a sudden starts honking his horn. I look over just as we were making a right turn and he gives us “the bird.” I don’t know what we did to offend him— we were in our lane and he was in his lane, the light turned green and we drove straight ahead. Maybe he was just angry at something else and was taking it out on us? This is just a small example of the kind of hostility that’s out there.
They say that everyone is stressed these days— we have too many things to do in a short amount of time, etc., but I think it’s more than that. In Matthew 24 it says the following:
”… You will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation… There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world… Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold” (verses 6-7, 12).
These passages make everything seem so hopeless, but Matthew 24:13 tells us, “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (NLT).
When we see the things from verses 6-7 and 12 happening then it is a cue for us to focus on God even more. The only way we can persevere in this world is to draw closer to Him, and the only way we can face another day in an ever-changing world, is through God’s power.
Negative events are a reminder that we are only temporary residents, and our purpose here is to be a living symbol of God’s goodness and grace. Make the most of everyday by letting people know that there is hope in the midst of chaos.