If you’ve been on social media or watch the news, chances are you’ve experienced many and mixed emotions. The feelings we find ourselves exhibiting have become the chant of 2020: panic, anxiousness, anger, hopelessness, discouragement, loneliness—the list goes on.
The truth is, we can’t control viruses, elections, opinions, or hearts.
The good news is, there is bigger and better truths to behold—truths we can cling to, find peace and comfort in, and take joy in (yes, JOY in 2020! Who knew?). I pray this “news” will be a refreshing break from your daily scroll.
Here are three truths for the Christian to find daily comfort in:
- God is in Control
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
He does not say, “In this world you will have tribulation, so you must fight hard, argue, and become restless if someone does not agree with you.” Rather, He confirms to us that He has overcome the world. He is the ruling, reigning King, and this great God extends to us the ability to rest and find peace within His control. Not an iota of this year took Him by surprise. He has been, and forever will be, actively working for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28). What a great comfort to know God is in control!
- This World is not Our Home
“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” –Hebrews 13:14
Contrary to what our society may convey, this is not the best it is going to get. For those who have placed their faith in and follow Jesus Christ, this world is like a mere water droplet compared to the grand Niagara Falls. Paul puts it into perspective in Romans 8, “ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (v. 18). May we train our eyes to look to the unseen and rejoice knowing even now God is present with us through the Holy Spirit.
- God is Holy
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” – Romans 12:19
Every ounce of sin will be punished either on the cross or in hell. No sin is overlooked by God. This truth should bring two different reactions to us as Believers. First, it should bring a great deal of comfort to us knowing it is not within our job description to maintain our own honor. Our identity is in Christ, and we can trust in His ability to not only be in control, but to also execute righteous judgement. Secondly, while knowing the truth that every sin will be punished (Prov. 11:22), we as Believers must act in strong urgency to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. May we reflect our Great Shepherd (Matt. 9:36) and become a people of sorrow for those who are walking in darkness. Let us extend the love of Christ towards them, and not seek to store up bitterness and anger that which encourages division. May the brokenness of this world be a catalyst of Gospel conversation.
As we face the difficulties each new day brings, let us train our physical eyes to look to our spiritual eyes: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). May we rest in the truth of Scripture: God is in control, this world is not our home, and every form of injustice we encounter in this world will be righteously dealt with. Let us reject the notion of “taking it into our own hands” and open our arms to The One who goes before us in all things (Deut. 31:8), even the year 2020.
Alexa Miller is a content producer for the office of Marketing and Communications, a TMU psychology graduate (’20), and a current Master of Arts in Theology student.Return to Blog Archive