You’d think there wouldn’t be much to fear, in reading dreary books for teens, and following the world’s news from the safety of one’s living room.
But lately it’s like looking down into the abyss with your toes hanging over the edge.
What we see there is complete and utter Godlessness, no Jesus Christ, no Light of the World: only darkness, and the lurid red light of creeping landfill fires.
This is an indescribably evil age. World War I, World War II, and the 20th century charnel houses of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were bloodier and much more violent. But in this age the devil is playing with seduction and seeing how much mileage he can get out of idiocy painted up as wisdom. He is trying to convince us that there is no God, there is no King of Kings: and not only that, but also that we don’t need a Savior anymore, we can do the job ourselves. To Satan this is much more hilarious than war.
Everything we have that is good, everything we hope for, everything we are or ever hope to be, all of it… is from the Father of lights. From the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable (I Corinthians 15:19).
Without Jesus we are nothing but prey–to disease, to accident, preyed upon by other human beings, preyed upon by sin (our own and others’), and hunted down in the end by the arch-predator, death: and there is no possibility of anything but that.
But we are not without Jesus Christ! How many times does He tell us He is with us, He does not abandon us? We have to believe Him. The Holy Spirit testifies in our hearts that God has not forgotten us, but we have to listen. And sometimes it’s hard. Like when you’re peering down into the abyss. And hearing those mocking voices float up from the darkness: No God, no Christ, no eternal life, no forgiveness of sins, you’re all alone, you’re all alone… Mocking voices whose owners wear sandwich boards proclaiming themselves the wisdom of this world.
It’s crap. The devil’s full of it.
Cling to Jesus, cling to God’s Word, cling to His promises. Don’t let go.
I don’t know if I’m saying what I want to say. It’s that the abyss is looking especially dark lately, and smelling especially foul, and I am conscious of some evil force, some counterfeit wisdom backed up by power and money, trying to pull us all down there into the darkness with it.
Believe God. Worship Jesus Christ the King of Kings, our only Savior.
Just do it.