“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
This world breaks my heart. Have you ever noticed how we as humans take anything God declares as good and seek to trample it?
God creates life in the womb and we murder it because we want to be the author of life. We want to decide when and how babies exist. God created marriage to be a picture of the Gospel to glorify Him, and we declare it to be a tool for our own happiness, elevating ourselves instead. He creates unique roles for men and women for our protection and good, and we don't want to just be equal, we want to "run the world". We turn His roles upside down and claim our way is better. We want to be God, and we hate that we aren't, so we spurn His name and seek to outrun His authority, all the while claiming we're free as we walk in the path of the world, enslaved to the cruelest of masters: sin.
As Christians who've previously been slaves to sin but are now free, we see the damage of these things because we once walked in the darkness, too, but now the veil has been lifted. So we cry out to God for the babies, marriages, and souls of those who sacrifice them for their own happiness. And He reminds us to take heart. He has overcome the world. He is coming back, and He will make all things right.
So, let us take heart then. With each sad reality we face that reminds us of the sin-saturated world we live in, let us look to our future hope. It’s a hope that is certain and secure in Christ.
Lord, we are broken over the sadness of this world. We thank You for saving us from the darkness of sin. We pray that Your kingdom would come and Your will would be done. Give us grace and strength to walk by faith in this world and set our eyes on eternity. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.
Does this world have you down? Spend some time praying and pondering how the perfect Son of God stepped into our darkness so that we could be freed from it. Praise Him for what He's done.