“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
It is a sad reality that the world is in a place of great turmoil at this time. However, it isn’t a new reality. We see wars and injustices on many levels and also throughout history.
As we learn of the situations different countries are facing with civil unrest, harsh governments, racial tensions, division because of different beliefs and more, we can see problems and chaos are alive and growing. It is no secret that trouble is brewing all around.
If we pay attention, we can see that everyone wants solutions but not everyone knows where to find them.
Not everyone knows or believes in the God we know. Many do not realize He is the Creator of the universes and the Maker of human life. Not knowing God created mankind removes the understanding that we have a Creator who knows who and what we are, and also what we need. Because He created us, our Lord knows our emotional makeup and our tendencies as humans that can get us into trouble. Thankfully, He also knows the remedies for solving the problems our flesh creates.
The two main themes in the Bible are the importance of man’s relationship with God, and man’s relationship with people. When there are many countries that do not allow people to practice Christianity, those are countries that are looking for solutions but only from human understanding.
There is nothing wrong with organizations and programs to help assist dilemmas and issues that pop up in our communities and countries, but they cannot offer all that Jesus can, which sometimes means not offering anything at all.
When people realize Jesus created us all, there is no room to hate another human being because of the color of their skin or the country they were born into. Not only did Jesus create us all, but He also told us to live peaceably with each other, forgiving each other, helping each other. Jesus explained that “love thy neighbor” does not mean the man who lives next door, but simply any man or woman you cross paths with.
When greed and envy are put aside, theft is subdued, and poverty is lessened because neighbors are reaching out with a helping hand.
When forgiveness is granted, hearts mend and battles cease. The God who gives us peace reminds us to aim our anger at the one who desires to destroy us, instead of at each other.
Many other things are accomplished when we remember the importance of relationships in the eyes of God, and we follow His guidance rather than creating groups that oppose each other and keep the feud alive.
Human beings cannot attain the fullness of God’s blessings by trying to handle life by human understanding. The answer is still Jesus! His ways! We may not see our cities and countries change overnight, but we can do our part to make a difference in our home, our circle of friends and family, our workplace, our churches. May our influences reach those around us and help them see that Jesus is still the answer for them too. And may God give us a revival that impacts the globe. As His Word reminds us:
“But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Luke 18:27