This week was the celebration of the birth of our country. I do thank God for the privileges and benefits of living in the United States.
Recently, though, I was talking with someone very special to me about how scary life is right now, not only in other parts of the world, but also right here in our own country.
Harsh disagreement, uncertainty about the future, and the heartbreaking, senseless killing. It reminded me of a line from an old song: “This world is not my home.”
This world is not our hope.
Yes, God wants us to work hard, to be faithful citizens and loving neighbors. But ultimately, for those of us who claim faith in Jesus, this world is not our hope. We need to remember this when times are hard, and even more importantly, we need to share our hope with those around us.
The time we have on earth is less than a speck of dust compared with the eternity we have with God, and that eternity starts right now.
God gives us people, events, places, work, and possessions which are beautiful and which we can and should enjoy. But, in the broken world we live in, there are also always horrible things happening around us, sometimes to us.
In Heaven, we will have no more horror. No more crying, no sorrow, no pain and suffering. More wonder than we can possibly imagine. (Revelation 21)
But the greatest part of my faith is what starts right now, what God promises even during the ugliness that happens in this world. He is my loving Father.
He is with me right now. He is holding me, and comforting me, and guiding me. I am never alone, no matter what happens. I want to share this hope with everybody around me.
As God’s children, we are not only given this hope, we are given the right to ask for it.
The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalm 138:8
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; Psalm 103:13
Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. Psalms 68:19