We do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we do see Jesus.—Hebrews 2:8-9
Are you troubled as you look out at the situation in the world? Well, according to the Bible, things are going to get worse. As Jesus said: “People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world” (Lk 21:26). How are Christians going to stand when the darkness deepens and things get very much worse? What will we do when international tension increases?
Christians have a glorious hope—the hope of salvation. It is this, and this alone, that enables believers to live out their lives free from mental distress. I am sure you have already discovered that after reading the morning newspaper, you move into the day feeling somewhat depressed. Why is this? It is because almost daily, our newspapers are filled with murder, rape, violence, economic distress, child abuse. And our conscience, which through conversion has been sensitized to the moral laws of God, begins to reverberate as it comes up against the reports of things we know are contrary to the divine principles.
Satan, seeing our concern, attempts to exploit it to his own ends. “Things are getting worse, aren’t they?” he says. “Why don’t you just admit that God has lost control of His world?” If we did not have the helmet of salvation to put on at such a moment, we would finish up with the same attitude as H. G. Wells, who, after the Second World War, wrote: “The spectacle of evil in the world has come near to breaking my spirit.” Again I say, there is no protection in the world for the mind.
My Father and my God, where would I be if I could not cling to a text such as that in my reading for today? My spirit, too, would be near to breaking. I am so thankful that in You there is hope—hope with a capital H.
Jn 17; Rm 8:35-37; 1Jn 5:4
What did Jesus pray for His disciples?
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