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What a week.
I feel rather humbled today, considering that just seven days ago I was dying for an end to the coronavirus epidemic.
It’s like I said, oh, God, can’t you change things, I’m sick and tired of this crisis! And He said, sure, how’s complete civil unrest, that’s a change, right?
Me: No, not like that.
Who am I to question the workings of the Almighty?
I know that everything we have seen happen over the last several months in our country has been marred with godlessness (or heck, several decades if we’re being real. Actually, if we were being really real, it goes right back to the Garden and that dang tree...but I digress).
But I also still know that God is in control. I know that, through the entire span of human history, through disasters and plagues and famines and war and genocide and slavery, that God has always been good.
That He has worked mightily in the hearts of His people and has continued to build an incredible Kingdom.
I know that everything happens together for good to those who love our Lord.
I think that modern Christianity often leads us to believe that our faith will make us feel good, will comfort us, will help us succeed in life.
But as the faith of so many of the greatest figures in the Bible shows us, sometimes we maintain our faith while everything around us totally sucks.
This is one of the heaviest burdens of the Christian. This is what happened to us in the Garden when our mother Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Our eyes were opened to evil, to sin, to suffering, to death, and we would forever know that things should not be this way.
We were not made for this world.
As CS Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
That other world is well within our reach, thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in whom we put our faith.
Our anchor and our hope, then, is and has got to always be Christ Jesus, the bridge between this world and the one we were made for.
This faith is not only all we have in this world, it is everything in this world.
We will suffer. We will grieve. We will feel utterly helpless as the world crashes and burns around us.
But He is and always forever will be good.
I can’t say much more than that, but it’s all that needs to be said.
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and seek Him while He can be found.