As I have journeyed with Christ, one statement has left my tongue, “Everything will be Okay.”
It has left because too many times what this means is that the circumstantial trials we face will somehow become easier and return to normal. It’s this false idea that you will somehow return to a comfort in this world.
I don’t like to say, “everything will be okay, because who can see tomorrow except for God himself.” From my studies, I have never seen him speak, “everything will be ok.”
So what does God say when we are in trials and suffering? What does he speak to his people when are uneasy or when he calls us to follow him.
““Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:7 NIV
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NIV
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Matthew 16:24 NIV
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 10:22 NIV
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
1 Peter 4:12 NIV
“Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.”
1 John 3:13 NIV
So do I say this because I want to squash your hope? Absolutely not! I say this, that this time of trial and suffering and unrest should not be a surprise to Gods people. The decay of the world is inevitable and God plainly says it.
“for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”
1 Thessalonians 5:2-6 NIV
Do not expect this world to become “good” do expect more persecution and more suffering. Do not put your hope in the idea “everything will be okay” meaning that the present sufferings will somehow fade away and we can go back to “comfort.” For our call is to be of sober mind while others are only concerned with comfort.
If this pandemic has done anything, it should have been an alarm clock to the church. A wake up call that we are still moving towards the day of the Lord and we should be preparing. We should be preparing not for “doomsday“ but for a time that we will be called into account for how we lived. We need to prepare ourselves and the younger generations to distinguish from truth and lie. We need to be whole heartedly in scripture testing what is spoken. We should not be relying others to tell us what to do but actively seeking Christ’s direction.
Once again, this is not a post to cause fear, it is not a post to squelch hope but it is a post to help those who seek to be comforted that it is only found in Christ. That everything in the present world won’t be ok but you can have peace in Christ. I tell you these truth not to scare or worry I tell you because I do not want you to be asleep.