It is so easy to become discouraged because of the appalling events occurring in this world on a daily basis. Within the past few days, the news has been reporting coverage of the aftermath of the Paris attacks, the Syrian refugees desperate to find a new home, and the continuous turmoil in the Middle East. There are so many people in need around the world. Christians are being persecuted, babies are starving, and Isis remains an imminent threat.
I have found myself asking God recently, “What’s the point? How can there be hope in a world as evil as this?” Tonight, I opened up my Bible in a desperate attempt to hear from the One who has all the answers. I eagerly read this passage:
Isaiah 51:3 (NIV)
“The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion to all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”
To be honest, I had to read this verse multiple times to let the goodness of these words sink in. Granted, this was written in the ancient days to the Israelite nation. It was not written in 2015. But if God is steadfast and unchanging, shouldn’t we delight in the fact that His words remain true no matter the era? He promises comfort, compassion, and joy.
While our souls should absolutely grieve for the broken state of this world, may we find comfort in the fact that our God promises deliverance and compassion for His people. He is the only One who can deliver justice for the evils done on this world. He will deliver His people in His perfect timing, and He will reign holy and mighty for eternity.
If you’re feeling discouraged like I am about this world, I hope you find comfort in this truth. In Christ alone can we find solace and peace despite the chaos of sin in our world.