Have you ever been so disappointed that your physical body became sick? Our bodies often tell us the truth, despite our efforts to "pull it together" and just keep going. Scientific research shows that our bodies are so complex and resilient in so many ways, and frail in others...
Hope. The word… we use it all the time, and for so many things. “I hope it doesn’t rain today.” “I hope we don’t have to wait long; I’m hungry.” “I hope we win!” “I hope this recipe turns out.” “I hope I meet the deadline.” “I hope to see you again.” “I hope you never leave.” “I hope they recover from cancer.” “I hope we can pull through this.”
What even is hope? Well, linguistically speaking, it can be a noun or a verb. An expression of emotion driven by anticipation, desire, wishes. Spiritually speaking… ready for it? It’s not just an emotion. It’s a promise.
This question irks me: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” And if that question isn’t bad enough, there’s one that’s even worse: “Why do good things happen to bad people?”
These questions are the worst because they have everything to do with the idea that people “deserve” certain things. Good people deserve good things; bad people deserve bad things. (As if we were good judges of what people deserve?)
She closed the class with these words: “I don’t want you to become bitter or angry. When you think about this brokenness, I want you to realize how big your Jesus is; one day He will undo all of this.”
Did you hear? Did you see? Did you know? Death. Murder. Suicide. Divorce. Things are just going to get worse. We’re in a downward spiral. How are our kids going to survive? There is so much darkness. Everything is corrupt. The end is near...
So what does one do when the hottest topic of even the most well-meaning Christians is the doom and darkness closing in?