What Next? Addressing A World In Crisis
Once again, the world is blown away by another sudden tragedy. This time the unexpected happened at a Boston Marathon where most assumed they were safe and sound. There have been so many surprise attacks over the last year alone to make any American ask themselves WHAT NEXT? Listen my friends, we don’t have time to sit around and speculate about what might happen next. This is not a time to lay down, but for sure a time to rise up. Here are some things you must know during this time of worldly chaos.
#1: GOD IS NOT DEAD Yes, I see all that is going around us and so does an all knowing and all powerful God. God gives us all free choice and many have chosen evil over good. I don’t expect the craziness around us to stop anytime soon as evil breeds evil. But, what I do expect is for the same God who has always been with us in the past to continue to be with us in the present and the future. God promises those who put their trust in Him that “Never will I leave you, nor forsake you.” As much as you might be rattled by what is going around you, be comforted by who is and always will be with you. “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
#2: PEOPLE NEED JESUS No, we don’t know what might happen today or tomorrow. Times are very uncertain, but what is certain is that people need an anchor, a refuge, and hope beyond this life. Now is the time to share it with them, not after something else happens. If the times we live in today don’t motivate you to cling to your faith and share your faith you will never be motivated. Listen, people everywhere need to hear the good news and every believer has been called by God to share the good news that Jesus saves. Christians it’s time to get out of the closet, get into the streets, and share Jesus with an otherwise hopeless world. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “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.” (Romans 10:9)
#3: THIS IS AN AGE OF OPPORTUNITY I’ve heard many people say, “Times just aren’t what they used to be.” I agree, but the times have never presented more opportunity. People are hurting, longing, and searching for a peace they have never known. Instead of dwelling on how bad things are, we must seize the moments God has put in front of us. Crisis opens hearts that may normally be closed. Do what you can, while you can, to show God’s love and share God’s peace with a world that is desperate for answers. Otherwise, you will have wasted these times of deep grief and sorrow. “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
#4: WE ARE LIVING IN THE END TIMES I don’t need CNN to show many anymore footage to be convinced that we are living in the end times. Every day more and more prophecy and revelation is fulfilled. We see a world that is spiraling out of control, a government that doesn’t know what to do and a world that is every man for himself. God’s word has proven its accuracy and relevance as many scriptures of old come alive today. This is why we should live with a sense of urgency and surrender everything to God at once. Quit fooling yourself that you’ve got it all in control, and humble yourself before a God who is our only real refuge. “You should know this: that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
#5: MAN’S HOPE IS NOT IN THIS WORLD As I watch the bombs explode and innocent lives taken on a daily basis, I am reminded that my hope is not in this world. It’s not that crisis changes much, but rather it reveals to us what we rarely seek to acknowledge. There is a God and we aren’t him. And, although we may have times we feel in control we have never been in control. Yes, this world is full uncertainty and disappointment, but God offers us all a hope that can’t be swept away regardless of what happens today or tomorrow. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19)
“Jesus said, “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)
My friends may these times bring us all to our knees. May these times, bring us all together. May these times compel us to live like tomorrow is not promised.