It is easy to get discouraged, fearful or anxious when we see things happening around us that seem to be leading people away from the truth of God’s word. When we see religious freedom being lost, when we see the murder of babies being not only approved but promoted by our government, when we see unimaginable moral filth being offered as entertainment to the masses including children, it is natural to feel depressed and we should be sad when this happens but we should not feel defeated. God is still God. Jesus told us things would get worse before the end, much worse than it is now. God also gave me these verses which I think help. The verses are giving advice for how to live since we know all things will come to an end. I think they apply now:
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming….So then dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” 2 Peter 3:11-12,14
So, should we get depressed, wring our hands, give up… no we keep on keeping on. Keep on living for God, following His word and seeking to be at peace with Him. Can we do this in our own strength? No. It comes as we live in dependence on Him and allow Him to live through us. He is our daily strength. Jesus is our foundation, our hope and our truth. Lord, please help me keep my eyes on You.