Sometimes I forget that what I see with my eyes is not the absolute true reality. In these days when evil has become flagrant in its destruction of man, when lies, anger, murder, abuse, hatred, immorality, disrespect, and more are rampant in the disregard for our fellowman—it is easy to become disappointed, depressed, and confused. Where is God in all this? Why doesn’t He DO something?
Last night, an Arab friend, Basme, and I spent the evening sharing and enjoying fellowship, talking about what is happening around us.
“Evil,” we concluded, “it’s all so evil.”
We encouraged each other with the real hope we have in our savior and God—Jesus, and were reminded of Philippians 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
We were reminded that what we see is not the true reality. We are in the last days, and the enemy of our souls knows his days are numbered. He is going to take as many out as he can on the way down. Soon, perhaps sooner than I realize, a false peace will be declared, a world ruler will be established whom all the nations will accept. And then…
Things are not going to get better, but that is not our hope. Our hope is in the name of the LORD, the maker of Heaven and Earth, the ONE who will make all things new. The ONE who will defeat evil fully, crush the devil and those cosmic powers that seek to devour us. Our hope is for the full redemption of the sons of men because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Right now, we have important tasks before us, and they should not be minimized. We need to pray for ALL who are going through these terrible things now, pray for our enemies, pray for our leaders, pray for the nations, and seek God’s will, on earth as it is in heaven.
We—the believers—need to repent of our sins (great and small) and seek righteousness. We need to learn to love those around us with God’s love, not our own, because only HIS love can change a person from the inside out.
And regardless the cost, and it may well be at the cost of our lives, we need to be proclaiming the good news that there is a way out of the hopeless circle of violence. That way is through the one true God who is the same God in all times, in all places, to all people—and He has revealed Himself through Jesus. Jesus told Philip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the father.” (John 14:9). It we really want to help others, we must point them to Jesus. If others want to find out what God looks like, thinks like, acts like, Jesus is the best and greatest example.
In these days of pain and sorrow, of remembered losses, and potential greater loss, of wars in actuality (no longer rumors of war), of a bleak future as mankind persists in this downward spiral of anger, hatred, revenge, lies, and finger-pointing—those are the people who need our prayers and God’s love most. They need to know that God is here, with us in the mess we have made. He is moving, but He moves in a realm we cannot see now, and He moves through those who belong to Him. We are His hands and feet on earth for this time and this age. Because Jesus lives, we live.
We do not have a copyright on hope. The hope that God has given us must be shared, it is the only hope that no one can take from us, and the only hope that will be fulfilled in glory.
This is my hope, and this is the reality that we cannot see with our eyes.