What on earth is happening

There is a lot of fear in the world. Despite reassurances by our leaders, people are worried about many things: the effects of the pandemic, climate change and now talk of world war.

Where is God?  Can we solve the problems?

Many people thought that Christianity would unite the world and give us peace and harmony. And the United Nations aimed to do that. But the world is unstable and facing all manner of problems which, at best, spell an uncertain future. Has Christianity failed?

No! The Bible predicted that the world would be as it is. And it also explains why we are in this mess and why we cannot solve the problems.

The Bible does describe a time of peace for the whole world when Jesus comes back, but not before. There is certainty about both aspects of this Bible message. Ultimate peace; but first trouble – serious trouble.

Jesus himself said that people would be:

‘fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world’.

Luke 21:26

There has always been trouble. But before the return of Jesus it will be worse than ever.

Centuries earlier, a Jewish prophet predicted: 

‘there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book’.

Daniel 12:1

The ‘book’ that Daniel refers to is mentioned elsewhere in the Bible. It is God’s book of life, containing the names of those who are faithful to Him. They are the people who will be delivered and given eternal life. People with real hope for the future.

So let us read the Bible for ourselves and really take notice of what it tells us. Then we can

‘keep … in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life’.

Jude 1:21

Partygate

 “They tell others to do something and do not do it themselves”

This quote is from centuries ago! Words of Jesus Christ, about the religious leaders of the day.  He often called them ‘hypocrites’. Another translation reads:

Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do

Matthew 23:3

But before we start to feel too good about ourselves we should consider more words of Jesus. He asked:

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Warning, in fact, that we can all be hypocrites:

 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Matthew 7:2–3

It is a sad fact that we all have a tendency to see and exaggerate the faults in others while minimizing our own. And we are also quick to judge situations without knowing all the facts or motives.

But God knows all:

O Lord… You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Psalm 139:1–4

God is our judge, and will determine our destiny based on complete knowledge of everything about us.

Let us therefore try to please Him.

What More Could He Have Done?

These words were spoken recently by a judge in Australia. He was commenting on the famous case about the visa for the tennis star, Novak Djokovic. The implication was that there was nothing else Djokovic could have done.

Similar words were spoken of God Himself. Centuries ago a Jewish prophet pleaded with the disobedient people using a parable where they were likened to workers in a vineyard.  God is represented as saying:

What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it?

Isaiah 5:4

But there was something else God was prepared to do. Years later Jesus reminded his contemporaries of this parable, but added:

…the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son.’ 

Luke 20:13

And God did: He sent His only son Jesus Christ. This act of supreme love was the very most that God could actually do for human beings. He sent His beloved son to save us from eternal death. And that involved the cruel death of Jesus, who said:


Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.

John 15:13–14

So what more can we do? Surely our response to this love is to be Jesus’ friends. And this requires us to read the Bible and to find out what he, and God Himself, ask of us.