I came darn close to shutting down my Twitter account today. The content that was being displayed was hardly encouraging and the vast majority of it came from Christians. And it wasn’t that what they were saying was necessarily wrong, it was what they were experiencing that almost overwhelmed me.
Same thing with FaceBook. Sometimes, even some of the feeds that I get from WordPress touch on different aspects of disagreement, which in and of itself is also not necessarily wrong and that would, of course, also have to include posts that I sometimes author myself. It’s the combination of the argumentative content or tone disseminated over such a wide variety of topics, coupled with an awful lot of real hurting going on with real people, where heart felt sorrow is being experienced by so many and there is still so much suffering and deep wounds that have yet to be healed, that can be overwhelming.
And when I see this, it touches me and then I stop to think about what Jesus said, just prior to Him going to His own crucification.
John 16:32-33 NASB
“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus didn’t say we may have or might have tribulation, He said we will have tribulation. Jesus also said that in Him we may have peace. When I read this it tells me that there is peace to be found in Jesus if we keep focused on Him and that we are to take heart because Jesus has overcome all the evil and negativity that we currently see in this world. I can’t change what I see, especially if I want to continue to use these various mediums for spreading God’s truth, but I can change how it affects me.
When I see someone who is sick or has been injured, or where someone is broken hearted and full of despair, it just reminds me that what I see here is not forever, and the pain and suffering that is endured by so many will someday be no more. And we can always pray for those who are suffering, we can always lift them up for healing, both physically and spiritually. God does answer many of those prayers.
It’s the sheer amount of suffering and pain that I see that sometimes overwhelms me and it’s my acknowledged inability to change so many things that I would love to see changed. But such is the reality of a world that has forsaken our Creator God and decided to plot its own course.
It struck me the other day that in just about everything, without God, I am totally powerless to change what I see without and what I see within myself. My dependency is total and its only because of God’s grace that I am where I am today. Everything, literally everything, depends on God’s grace and that is the long and short of it.
And our heavenly Father’s grace and mercy is personified in the person of His Son, Jesus the Christ. Jesus is the expression of His love towards us and our redemption. I marvel that for so long I did not see that and I marvel that for so many, they still do not see it at all.
So I will lift up to God that which I cannot change, I will extend a hand to those who God puts before me on my path and I will encourage all to look at the light that was given to us so that we can indeed see. There really is only one hope for this world and that hope is Jesus.
John 1:1-5 NIV
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome (or understood) it.”
The darkness is man’s ways, without God, and the light is God’s ways, of God. And God’s way is through His Word and Jesus is the Word .
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!