August 17, 2020 – 

What I Read Today:

1 John 1-2: Acts 20: Nahum 1-2: Psalm 48: 1 Chronicles 29: Exodus 1

This world can be a dark place.  We face struggles each day.  Struggles to put food on the table, pay the rent, raise our children, care for the elderly, and many other problems.  

Our society has become angry.  We’re mad at politicians, our neighbors, and our institutions.  If you watch the news, you’ll see a daily barrage of riots in cities, shootings, murders, and corruption.  

Our world seems to be growing colder.

So how do we get through this?  What can we do not to allow this world to infect our souls?  

The Apostle John gives us this advice:

1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ESV

John tells us that we have to let go of the things of the world.  This world will always be a hard place.  But for the Christian, it is only temporary.  It may seem like it takes forever to get through this life, but truthfully our life is over in the blink of an eye.  

Christians need to focus on the eternal, not the external. 

Focusing on the external brings worry, depression, and anxiety.  Looking at what’s going on in the world will only bring pain.  Watching the news can be informative.  Obsessing about the news can be deadly.  

Instead, John tells us in verse 24 to do this, “Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.” ESV.

Focus on the eternal.  Focus on Jesus, who has secured our place in eternity.  Focus on God, who is in control, even when it seems that the world is out of control.  Focus on the job Jesus gave us to make disciples.  Focus on living our lives according to the command of Jesus and not on how the world around us lives.  

Love our neighbors.  Love our God.  That is how we get through this march to eternity.  Trials and struggles will always be there.  Thanks be to God, our Jesus will always be there as well!  Focus on him, and you will put your struggles into perspective!

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