Posted by: glorifyhim1 | June 27, 2018

In This Crazy World

In This Crazy World

“But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.”

(Psalm 37:39)

 

It seems that each new day brings another story of division and controversy, of unimaginable evil and hate, and of a growing disregard for human life. As this world seems to grow more and more crazy, I am reminded that Jesus told His disciples: “In this world you will have trouble.” But thankfully, He continued: “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).

 

“But take heart!” Oh, how we need to hear those words when our troubles discourage us and try to dampen our hope. Jesus reminded His disciples and He reminds those us today that He has overcome the world! No matter what we endure in this world, all of us who belong to Christ, who have trusted Him as their Savior and Lord, can know that their eternal future is safe in Him.

 

But how do we live today? How do we live in a world where more and more, “wrong” is deemed right and “right” is deemed wrong? Scripture reminds us, however, that this is not new. Even the prophet Isaiah cried out: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). Yes, we live in a fallen, crazy world, but God has not given up on us yet. As 1 Timothy 2:4 states, He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

 

Jesus taught His disciples to be salt and light, “to let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). He instructed them to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). While this seems so out of step with the self-centered focus in our world, believers are still called to walk according to God’s Word. As believers walk in obedience, they can help demonstrate God’s love and grace, His mercy and compassion, and be an instrument God can use to draw others to know Him, too. In other words, no matter what others do, no matter how crazy the world may be, we keep on keeping on. We do not stop being the men and women we are in Christ!

 

It can be hard – especially when evil triumphs and righteousness is ridiculed. It can be difficult when the wicked prosper and the godly suffer. Yet we are still called to be who we are in Christ. The Psalmist reminds us of this and encourages us in Psalm 37 with some “do’s” and “don’t’s.”

 

Do not …..

 

  • fret (worry or be anxious) because of evildoers
  • envy the workers of iniquity

 

 

Do …..

 

  • trust in the Lord
  • good
  • dwell in the land and feed on God’s faithfulness
  • commit your way to the Lord
  • rest in the Lord
  • wait patiently for Him
  • cease from anger
  • forsake wrath

 

Worry, envy, anger, and wrath can hinder us and keep us from being the people God wants us to be.   James tells us that “human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires” (James 1:20). Instead, the Psalmist encourages us to trust in the Lord and to keep on doing good. The writer of Ephesians motivates us: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

 

Today, in this crazy world, it still matters how we live – but it more importantly, it matters in whom we place our trust. The prophet Jeremiah declared: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). When we trust in the Lord and commit our way to Him (i.e., read the Bible, pray, seek His direction in all we do), we can rest in Him and wait patiently for Him. We can do good and forsake wrath. As we press hard into Him, our God will bless us with His faithfulness, give us a peace beyond understanding, and remind us that God is still in control. He has already won the battle over this crazy world. He is just waiting – waiting for others to turn from their sin and come to Him.*  Meanwhile, let us dwell in the land and be faithful – faithful to His Word, faithful to His call, and faithful to Him – even in this crazy world!

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”

(Micah 6:8)

 

 

 

*If you would like to come to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, please read the page “How to be Saved” for more information.

 

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