And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?”
Sometimes we forget. Don’t we? With our world falling into chaos, we worry or despair. It’s as if we don’t know the end game. I’ve heard both the over-optimistic and pessimistic Christian perspective on our society.
But the truth falls somewhere in between. Doesn’t it? Grieve over sin, but live life with joy. We do know the end game. Although evil occurs in the present, we know God will ultimately make it right.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we live this week, we will face people full of despair. Our co-workers will want to discuss the most recent tragedy. Our friends may panic in the face of it, and even the church may wish to despair. Friends, let us recognize evil and call it such. Let us grieve over sin, because we know it grieves God’s heart much more. But let’s not fall into the trap of bah humbuggers. We serve an all-powerful, sovereign King, and while He may allow evil in this present moment, He will not allow it forever. In the face of evil, there is no greater light than a Christian living out their faith.
Further reading: Psalm 27:1, Matthew 5:14-16, John 1:5, John 8:2, 1 Peter 2:9