One of the most fundamental understandings of life is a sunrise. Even children instinctively know what a sunrise represents. It is a new day and a new hope.
When Adam and Eve sinned, there was a tomorrow. When Cain killed Able, there was a tomorrow. When Babylon marched into Jerusalem and destroyed the city of David, there was a tomorrow.
And somehow, by the grace of God, when the spear was thrust into the side of Jesus, proving His death before man. There was a tomorrow, even after darkness filled the land, graves gave up their dead, and the corpse of the Son of God placed on a cold slab. There was tomorrow. And soon afterwards, God brought forth a springtime into a fallen world. A world immersed in ignorance and sin, a world with no hope, and a dead Savior, lived until there was a tomorrow where the SUN awoke, and found the SON now giving hope.
And as history attests, it doesn’t matter the age, there was darkness. There were plagues, and wars and rumors of wars. There were massacres, rebellions, slaughters and genocides. There were depressions, death, disease and despair.
Now today, we have wars, and rumor of more wars. We have Ebola, the new march of Islam, a nation that we love has a new god, named Satan and boy do they love him. We have global warming, the deadliest ever hurricane, tornado and earthquake, according to prophets of doom, are all about to fall upon your very own property all at once. The penguins are dieing; the polar bears are sunbathing, and big ice cubes in the oceans are melting. Friends, we have all heard it, "they are melting," and Dallas/Fort Worth area will soon be beachfront property.
And where does this leave us, as we still labor in the valley of the shadow of death? We cannot but help to wonder about the state of things? What should we do? Maybe "when in trouble or doubt, run in circles scream and shout?" Is that an option? Maybe, we should all buy an acre or two out in the middle of the Rockies, and cut ourselves off from society? Dig a bomb shelter, buy hazard suits, and seeds and prepare for the eventual nuclear rain?
Or, as a child of God, you can decide to thrive in this world, by being in the world, but not of it! It is about knowing there are sin and despair in this world, but setting your affections on another world, Col. 3:2. Setting them on God! It is about reprogramming our thoughts, believing in God, and you can find a way to live in the world, but not be of it. Jesus said in (John 16:33 KJV) "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world, ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Notice he said, 1) I have spoken unto you. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God," Rom. 10:14. What we hear and listen to fills our minds and hearts. If you want to live in the world, and not be of it, and thrive. Stop listening to the prophets of doom all over our media today. Clearly, time after time again, they have proven they are not as smart as they think they are. So, why feed ourselves with a steady diet of doom of gloom? When we have God’s word to meditate upon, day and night, and find peace for our souls, in the words of the Prince of Peace.
Secondly, how do I find joy in our pilgrimage? Turn to Jesus. Sin begets sin. Cause and effect. We live in a world of doom and gloom. But, Jesus is here so that we might have peace in Him, and it is possible because He overcame the sin problem. He solved the death problem. And when we learn to think eternally, instead of in the temporal. Well, these problems of this world, are nothing, simply nothing, when contrasted to the fact that if He is our Lord, and we are His children, we really have nothing to fear. Because the two greatest problems mankind has, He solved them. So, how do I find joy in this world? Jesus said in (John 15:11 KJV) "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full."
What things did Jesus speak as seen in verse 1-10? That we are to learn to abide in Him? Do you want joy in the world of gloom? Turn to Jesus, and abide in Him?
How, by being faithful to Him, Rev. 2:10? Be faithful in your attendance, be faithful in your Bible study, be faithful in your prayer life. Be faithful in your service. Be faithful to Him in your thoughts and actions. And you will find joy in Him, today. You will find Hope. Because the Prince of Peace can only provide that which He is and it is, yours if you are truly in Him.
If this is you? If perhaps you are just allowing the prophets of doom in our media to destroy your happiness, and your peace. And all you see is doom and despair. Well....
1) Stop listening to them
2) Start listening to Christ
3) Turn to Jesus
4) And abide in Him!