Desperate Afghan mothers throwing their babies over barbed-wired fences hoping to save their lives, videos of crying teenage girls begging the world not to abandon them.
With such horrifying scenes of utter desperation, it’s tempting to cry out and ask “God, WHERE ARE YOU?!”
But as Christians, all we have to do is recall His faithfulness through the ages and remember He is always present, even in the midst of suffering and unspeakable evil.
When bad things happen in this fallen world, it can be tough to remember God’s goodness.
We see suffering around us, both near and far, and feel helpless to do anything to stop it.
Sure, we may donate our time or resources to fund a good cause, or cry out in prayer asking God to intercede.
But when we see oppressive leaders taking children as their brides, or watch bodies fall from planes in the sky after trying to escape the Taliban…
… it’s hard not to lose heart and become discouraged.
While this is a natural feeling and it’s okay to feel grief and pain – we must not live in those feelings or become paralyzed with fear.
God is sovereign and always in control.
We might not understand why He allows certain things to happen, but as Christians, we MUST not lose heart and let the evil of this world erode our faith.
All throughout Scripture, we see His divine hand rescuing His people.
From leading His people out of Egypt, to restoring the life of Job after he suffered unconscionable loss, we know from His Word that He is always faithful, and He will make all things right.
It might not be on this side of heaven, but we know God is good and His justice is perfect.
While God is sovereign, we must still follow the example of Jesus, who regularly was in communion with God and crying out to Him in prayer.
If Jesus Himself found it necessary to find quiet time to pray to His Father…
… it’s clear He wanted to demonstrate the importance of having a regular prayer life.
We all have “busy lives” and our own personal problems, but we must not forget to faithfully pray and intercede on behalf of others.
The Taliban may control most of Afghanistan, but Jesus is still King – and He will have the last word.
And when the world becomes overwhelmed with grief and despair, we can point them to the cross, sharing with them that Jesus paid the ultimate price for all our sins.
Others will see the hope that we have – and we must always be ready to give the reason for the hope that we have by showing them the life-saving grace of believing in a sovereign God.
So fellow believer, take heart.
This world will have troubles and heartbreak.
But our Lord has overcome the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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