Facebook and social media has been a lifeline at times. I love the encouraging quotes by people like Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and other admired heros. Oh yes, and the Bible verses. There are other articles that stir up strife.
The conflicting articles about Covid-19 have been alarming. Everyone, including myself, has an agenda, whether it is to present the whole truth, the perceived truth, or lies. The headlines of the articles draw me in. I read many of them in order to be in the know. I come away not knowing anything for sure.
A large number of us are looking up into heaven with a question mark on our faces and our hands stretched out by our sides. Why, God? Well, why not? There are "worlds" colliding. There is a world of people who are rooted into the material world, rooted in pride and a desire for control. (Actually pride and control is the basic instinct of many of us.) Believers switch their minds and hearts over to the promises God has given. He has given us the forewarning in the Bible that we would have lots of troubles here. Lots.
Why would anyone want to follow a God who would allow such heart-ache and pain, and death? That was a question I had when I was growing up, especially when I was a worried mixed-up over-thinking teen-ager. It was the question that my pastors couldn't answer to my satisfaction. I still ask the question at times.
So why wouldn't I want to follow Jesus, at this point in my life? I have come to see that there is something greater than this earth, and it is living in God's kingdom. God's spirit has renewed me as I have asked. He has answered my many questions. (Not all of them, YET) He restores peace to me day by day as I learn to trust. I go to him constantly, or I go crazy.
God's kingdom conflicts with the earthly kingdom. That is where the turmoil, strife, and pride come from. I contend with it. In my humanness, I can't contend with the world's ways without knowing the loving and totally wise God. It is a constant mindset. It is a different way of living. It is a focus on the true King. He has total control in the midst of trouble. There should be no fear of what's next. In spite of recurring questions and doubts at times, believers depend on a person (Jesus who was God) who walked the earth and knows. We know the end and it IS perfection.
How does a person believe? God's spirit makes himself known individually to each of us in our desperation and then as we respond to the nudgings, we come to believe in the greater power. We are restored.
Here is what God spoke to the Apostle John when he was imprisoned (for his belief) on the island of Patmos when he was writing Revelations:
Revelation 21:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”