Living well in an unpredictable world
A lot can happen in just 2 short weeks! I didn’t listen to the news much on holiday. Switching on TV1 I was shocked at disturbing international events that were too close to home. Australian bushfires have now been burning for 3 months, eighteen of which are yet to be contained. Over 28 people are dead and 2,000 homes lost. Millions of animals are dead. NASA says that the smoke has reached the stratosphere and will now circle the globe.
In regards to our world allies, the US military assassinated an Iranian military commander and national hero, sparking threat of revenge which has already caused the death of 176 civilians (57 Canadians) in a Ukrainian passenger plane, apparently shot down mistakenly by the Iranians who believed it to be a US military plane.
We are living in unpredictable times. Things are happening in our world and even in our lives that we have no power to control or change. This uncertainty can lead people to “just live for the moment and to heck with the world.” However, this is not how we as Christians are to respond. Now more than ever the Church needs to step up it’s game and offer hope to people. However, we can’t do that unless we ourselves fully trust Jesus Christ to stay with us at all times. God said, “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5. “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6.
Whatever circumstance we are in God is calling us to trust Him, to search for Him, to believe in Him and to follow Him. Rather than looking inward are we still able to look outward? What is God trying to say? What can I learn from this? How would God want me to act in this situation? Can I help others as a result of it? We should not be surprised at international events (Mt 24), or even trouble in our personal lives (Jn 16:33).
So let us stand firm and represent our God well on this earth.