Times like these can be very depressing and hopeless if you only look at what is going on around us. The world is really in a complete mess.
There are wars and rumors of wars almost every day. North Korea could ignite the beginning of a war that this world may not be able to recover from. And if you have been paying attention China and Russia seem to be more conciliatory to North Korea than to the United States.
America, recognized as the leader of the free world, seems to have lost its way. The country is divided by both political and racial lines. The average citizen has no confidence in its leaders. The country’s infrastructure is in shambles and we are not as “military ready” as we should be for such a time as this.
America’s role as a moral leader of the world has also deteriorated to the point of almost being non-existent. The lack of morality is a direct result of the religious community becoming more and more vain in its activities and in its directions given to the masses. Our primary sources of news and information, with the exception of small newspapers like the Sampson Independent, are more interested in saying anything that will sell, instead of just giving us the news and facts.
On top of all of this, there is another hurricane in the Atlantic that is expected to do great harm to our eastern states from Florida to Virginia. And on the western coast of our nation, massive wildfires are doing an enormous amount of damage
Even in our own backyard, we are seeing an escalation of evil all around us. In Sampson County, break-ins, robberies, home-invasions assaults and even murder have increased in the last few months. Our neighbor Fayetteville appears to have slowly slipped into a principality of Satan, and the city is becoming more of a cess-pool than a decent place to live.
In the midst of all this chaos, uncertainty, and the constant onslaught of evil all around us, what is it that we should believe and hold on to?
We should hold on to the simple truth that God is still on the throne. God is still in charge and all power in heaven and in earth is still in the hands of Jesus Christ. Like never before, now is the time to really have a closer walk with the Lord.
We should walk closer with the Lord while believing what David said in Psalm 37, when he said, “I have been young and now I am old yet have I not seen the righteousness forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Now is the time to really seek out the Lord and to get to know Him more intimately, while believing as Psalm 9:10 says, “The Lord has not forsaken them that seek Him.”
No matter what becomes of this world, we must never forget and always remember to believe John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
We must believe that God has and will always answer the prayer of Jesus Christ when He prayed for us in John 17 saying, “I pray not that thou should take them out of the world, but, that thou should keep them from the evil.”
No matter what comes your way in the days to come. Whether it be a home invasion, the destruction of your property by a storm, a terrorist attack, the start of a new war, or even the loss of a loved one. We must hold on and believe the words of Jesus Christ when He said in Matthew 28 and Hebrews 15, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you, and lo, i am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.