What has this world come to?
Everything that once was good and perfect in His sight has been so warped and distorted. Why has humanity turned their focus away from God and continue to reek chaos and destruction? A once sacred bond between man and woman has been deformed into pornography, sexual exploitation and making women into commodities. This planet which God put Adam in “to work and keep it” (Genesis 2:15) is filthy and wrecked because of all our selfish desires. The words spoken by God himself, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19) have been wiped out and forgotten and have been replaced with neglect and terrorism of our fellow man.
How many times have we walked past a man completely beaten up and left for dead like the priest and the Levite? Who of us will be the Samaritan and have compassion on humanity: binding their wounds, caring for them and giving them the nourishment they need? (Luke 10:29-37)
Dear friends, in times like these the world is crying out in need for something more. With the persistence of natural disasters, pollution, human trafficking, exploitation and terrorism, who among us will here God’s call?
Today, do not just pray for Paris. Do not be hateful and vengeful to ISIS.
PRAY FOR HUMANITY.
Pray for everyone of every different religion, race, ethnicity and walks of life. Pray that we can respect each others differences and live in harmony. Pray that God will use you and your God-fearing brothers and sisters around you to spread the good news of Christ among the nations. Job 12:10 says, “In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
Do not get stuck in your little bubble: what is going on in your everyday life and that of your friends and family. Look up at the bigger picture. There is so much hurt and suffering going on in the world that we have been called to address. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations teaching them about His glory and mercy (Matthew 28:18-20). He also promised that he will be coming back soon. Zechariah 14 talks about his triumphant entry: “On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem.”
(this is a picture of the view from the Mount of Olives from my trip to Israel this summer)
He will, “appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” (Matthew 24:30). Jesus will return in all of his glory and heal all of the pain and suffering. He will bring his children into his kingdom.
In the meantime, love your neighbor. Serve the poor and powerless. Reach out to those around you in your community and create fellowship with believers and nonbelievers. And remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the suffering of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”