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In our present evil age, we find ourselves pressed in by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. The world seeks to conform us to its evil godless intents; the flesh is ever driving us to hypocrisy along with the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the vainful pride of life; and the Adversary is a factory of lies by which God is denied existence, His revelation of Himself, and His expectations of us. What shall we do? To Whom or what shall we go?

All seems vanity and striving after the wind. After all, the last century was nothing but a century of the devaluing of human life to the point that the deaths by the hundreds of millions are nothing more than rote statistics to be studied and contemplated over. The utopian evolutionary systems like those manifested with heightened intensity during WWII and beyond brought only death, destruction, and tyranny. The rise and reemergence of other false religious systems like Islam have devastated the world and spread like a terrifying plague. Furthermore, nations that once had a semblance of the truth have all but abandoned God and His Word. Their response to all this is to continue headlong into the socialist abyss, kill their babies, and strive after sodomy.

Are we that hopeless? Has it ever been this bad?

No we are not hopeless, and yes it has been this bad before.

The days of Noah saw a scant few survive the Flood, and Elijah held on by a thread, yet God had kept seven thousand for Himself. He is not absent, nor is He deaf to our cries for truth, justice, mercy, peace, joy, and unending gracious covenant love.

Hear now the great hope:

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:68-69 ESV

Those words echo in our souls during the most troubled times, and might they renew our hearts to joy when all seems so vain and destitute. Remember the saints of old who persevered, those of whom the world was not worthy. Might we have such faith as well, and may the same be counted towards us.

In Christ we have hope. There is no one or nothing else to turn to for eternal life. Every other path leads to death and is a temporal coping mechanism at best, yet the Living Historical Christ commands our obedience and gives us a record of what actually did and will happen. The evidence left behind closes mouths and forces men to repent or just stop up their ears, close their eyes, and scream louder like our nation that is so blinded by the god of this age that it has abandoned all reason for madness and raw emotion. Men don’t want the truth because they want the indulgences of sin and would rather reap the dire immediate and long term consequences of rebellion than submit to The Holy God.

In the midst of this, we continue to trust without ever having seen Him or the miracles He performed in His earthly life. Blessed are those who believe but have not seen. Even so, our hope can often seem so far off, and death is always lurking at the door. However, when that comes to pass (save the Lord’s return beforehand), the believer will be with Christ, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. Our reward is coming, so let us not lose hope nor let our love grow cold. Rather, let us persevere and know that He is near.