Do you find yourself rehearsing thoughts like ‘where is this all going? How much worse can it get? What kind of world will our children inherit? Are our best days behind us?’
These are sobering times. And if you listen to the bad news long enough, you’ll come to believe that the Good News isn’t good enough. Powerful enough. Or effective enough to impact the times we’re in.
But here’s what’s true.
Colossians 1:6 (NLT)
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Every day, souls are saved, bodies are healed, and babies are born. Every day, God greets us with new mercies, abundant grace, and a chance to being again. Every day, God works through His people to further His purposes on earth. And every day brings us one step closer to His soon return.
Even so. We’ve seen change and upheaval like most of us never imagined.
So how do we navigate the times without getting caught up in the chaos of fear? Recently on Susie Larson Live, I spoke with author and ministry leader Addison Bevere. We talked about the enemy’s weapons of intimidation and fear and God’s promise to help us overcome.
Addison shared (my paraphrase):
“We need to live in the present moment where God’s grace is available to us. Those who live their present moments fearing their tomorrows will not be prepared to face those tomorrows. But those who walk intimately with God in the present and draw on His strength for each day will find Him faithful. They will have what they need to face their tomorrows.”
Here’s the thing: The enemy wants you to project your fears into a future that God’s not in, but for the Believer, that scenario does not exist. There’s no part of your future that doesn’t include God. So, even though these are terrifying times socially, economically, and politically, we must determine to discern the times through a spiritual lens.
We don’t have to fear tomorrow. In fact, God wants us to look forward with great expectancy. We can navigate the difficult days ahead because of the incredible eternity that awaits us.
Revelation 21:1-7 (NLT)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”When you fear tomorrow