Answers to the Drama in Life and Death.
The commotion in people’s souls is at a high pitch this year (2021). Most people we know now admit that the times have been trying. COVID deaths around most people are no longer uncommon. But it does not end there. Political divisiveness and personal conflicts are at a high. The markets, spending habits, and widespread lack of certain commodities show volatility and uncertainty. Most media continues to fan the flames with one line-titles about various kinds of distress, concentrating on anything that rouses the public, and often the public buys it, lives it, and wrings their hands. In the US, spending is continuing to exceed what we have or make, so an economic train wreck continues to approach, and their are signs to show it. Disparities among the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ worldwide are growing. Biological facts in humans have increasingly been dismissed to make room for very strange life styles, so institutions have started teaching children to choose their own gender, as if there was a choice. Abortion rates are increasing to 1990 levels and the vast majority of them are not the “hard cases”. It shows how life has become cheap because the vast majority of pregnancy terminations occur for emotional or financial convenience. Over 32 million have occurred worldwide this year alone. Meanwhile, climate change discussion has become a hysteria — being shouted as the cause of nearly every ill that can be imagined. The list could go on.
Drama will continue.
Rest for a man’s soul is never satisfied without an encounter with God, but He has been dismissed in practical terms. Rather, we teach our children that they came from apes or monkeys. The wimpy god that most folks think might exist cannot possibly be respected when the universe, as we tell the young, came about all by itself. Neither it, nor we, according to popular opinion, needs this notion of a god. They are right, but it’s the wrong kind of gods that are being talked about.
The One that needs to be talked about is anchored in history yet created the world in the beginning. Him, I know. He is the One that stopped two men on the road to Emmaus about 2000 years ago, questioned them, and elicited a response from their saddened hearts. The One they trusted to redeem Israel had been crucified in front of them — only weeks after he raised Lazarus from the dead, but they did not recognize that it was Him until later (Luke 24).
The One I know healed my wife’s severely torn rotator cuff in an instant, but that is a small miracle compared to the hundreds cited in Gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)
The One I know walks along with the severely persecuted, is aware of every beating, every beheading, every piece of slander, and does not forget any of it. He comes alongside the brokenhearted and is patient to see the last one come to Him before He exercises His authority to judge the living and the dead — one final time.
The One I know created an orderly universe with laws and processes that have no possibility of being ‘naturally’ developing. While the world is broken, the attributes of what He created still point to Him in most eloquent ways.
So, if you are upset or distressed to the core, why not consider trusting the One who made it all, sustains the universe, remembers our many plights, and promises everlasting life to those who call upon Him? Consider one of the things He said when He appeared to His disciples after He rose from the dead: “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sin should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47, ESV)
Many more distresses are coming, but why not choose to live and walk with the knowledge of Him through anything that comes? No matter what happens, no matter what drama is around us, that path with Him is secure and leads to everlasting life.
Matthew 24:12-14 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (NKJV)
This material is covered in more detail in Section IV of the Creation Study App for Android cell phones. The image comes from Section IV of that resource.