If you’ve followed the news at all this year, you’re probably aware of the fact that the outlook is not very good right now. Tension continues to rise in the Middle East, the bad economy has left many out of work, and the country grows more and more divided over issues like homosexuality and abortion, etc. Pundits are making predictions as to the effects and final outcomes of these issues, and many of those predictions are rather grim.
Today our culture is so dominated by secular humanism that Christianity is dismissed as being of little value and only useful for the weak-minded. Many Christians today have allowed themselves to become distracted to the point where the pursuit of personal gain, pleasure, entertainment, work, sports, education, and other personal activities have taken first place in their lives over discipleship!
We can see all throughout the Bible (Luke 9:57-62; 18:18-22) that God doesn’t ask us to follow Him part-time. It’s all or nothing! We must each examine ourselves to see where we have allowed our own comfort to come between us and God. It’s time to remove the distractions and focus on the purpose for which we’ve been called.
While we must be sure to remain alert, aware, and active in these dangerous times, we must also remember that negativity and worry should have no part in our lives. Philippians 4:6 – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
When we fret over things that may happen in the future, we forget that God is in control of all and cares for His own. As Jesus pointed out, God is mindful of the birds and the flowers, so we can be sure that He watches over us. Matthew 6:26-27: “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Rather than worrying about tomorrow, we must do our best to submit ourselves to the Lord and show His love to others today, because today is all we have. Only He truly knows what the future holds, and by humbling ourselves before Him we can know that He will use us as instruments for carrying out His will in His good time.
Pray about the future and the inevitable changes that will come with it, but never worry or take a negative attitude – God is in control!
Will America experience revival, or will we be one more failed nation on the ash heap of history? Is there hope for America? Yes, but don’t bother looking for it in a fresh set of politicians, a turn-around of the economy, or a resurgence of military might. Our hope as a nation depends entirely on our relationship with the living God!
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”