Hope in the midst of uncertainty
The times we are living in today should come as no surprise for followers of Christ. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 clearly lays this out. One cannot look back at these last three months we have been living in, not as a country, not as a community, but as a WORLD and not see biblical prophecies come to life.
2 Timothy 3 says
“but know this: Hard times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanders, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”.
If that hasn’t summed up the world we are living in today, I don’t know what will.
If you aren’t a follower of Christ, how have you responded to the madness happening in this world? Surely, you have not denied the fact that the world we are living in is going in a downward spiral and it’s happening FAST. People have become lovers of self, unholy, unloving, without self-control, brutal, reckless etc. Coincidence? No, an all-knowing God who divinely inspired his Word with the Truth spoke this thousands of years ago and we are living it today.
The passion we have experienced these last few days throughout the US for the heart wrenching events that have unfolded due to racism should be the passion we show to Jesus Christ who (freely) being completely God manifest in the flesh CHOSE to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He knew we would be people without self-control, lovers of self, conceited, reckless, brutal and everything else 2 Timothy describes, yet He looked passed that and loved YOU even to the point of death. This is true love. A love that is without boundaries, not self-seeking. The Apostle Paul summed it up pretty straight forward in his letter to the church of Corinth:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Sometimes, we take the death of Jesus Christ for granted and we do not stop to think about the huge implications of the selfless act of love from God towards humanity. God the Son, becoming a man to breach the separation between us and God due to our sin. The righteous dying for the unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18).
Instead of posting and sharing articles which promote divisive political advocacy, we could encourage you to take advantage of this situation and utilize this political turmoil to advance the gospel and the word of God. Preach the good news of the gospel, the hope that we have in God and love for one another as our Lord Jesus Christ commanded.
So, what now? Seek the Lord while he can be found. Turn to Christ!! Not out of emotion, not halfheartedly, but as someone in need of a Savior. Isaiah 55:6-7 says the following “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call to him while he is near. Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, so he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will freely forgive”.
CONFESS CHRIST IS LORD .
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10