This world is broken. I am not sure I have ever been more aware of that than recently. Every time I hear the news or open up social media, there are just pages and pages of things that utterly break my heart. Transgenderism is being celebrated, homosexuality is growing, people continue to lie, cheat, and steal, and those who stand up for any kind of real truth are being ripped to shreds with words like insensitive, unloving, closed-minded, bigots…
It feels like a world with no hope. I sat at my computer today, looking through some of these things, and fighting off tears. I was overwhelmed by it all because it just seems so unfixable. Our voices seem so small and the rest of the world’s so loud. It’s exhausting.
It took me a while, but I finally thought to turn to my Bible (sad that that wasn’t my first thought). I hadn’t yet done my devotions, so I just flipped to where I have been reading in Psalms. I read Psalms 149 and 150. “Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints,” cries out Psalm 149. Again, Psalm 150 is all about praise. How is is possible to praise God so fully in such dark times? Verse 3 of Psalm 149 says believers should, “be joyful in their King.” God’s goodness is above all the brokenness of this world. We can rejoice in that and praise God because of that.
Then I turned to Proverbs, the next book, and another verse jumped out at me. It said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). Psalm 14:1 says that, “the fool says in his heart there is no God.” Using that definition of a fool, Proverbs 1:7 means that those who deny God aren’t going to want to listen to His words. They will always despise the instruction and wisdom that comes from the Bible. God knows that.
I read further. Proverbs 1 changed to the voice of Wisdom personified. She says, “scorners delight in their scorning and fools hate knowledge” (verse 22). We see that all the time. Then she says, “I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded” (verse 24). Because of that, because of the choices made by those who refuse to hear God, “They shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them” (verse 32).
It feels as if the world is somehow hurting us, but in reality, we are untouchable. We are held safe by a loving, powerful God and nothing can happen to us beyond what He allows (Lamentations 3:37). Even then, we have an eternal hope to cling to. But as for those who are twisting and mangling this world into something hideous and unnatural, who are looking out only for what seems best to them? Proverbs 1 says they are setting a trap for themselves, although they can’t see it. “They lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives,” says Proverbs 1:18.
So what does all of this mean?
As I thought through all I had read today, I realized that I have been making this world my home far too much. This place isn’t what I was made for or what my heart should be longing for. My hope is in Jesus and my sights should be on Heaven. We all should be a part of this world and doing God’s will while we’re here, but this world is temporary. As Christians, new creatures in Christ, we don’t quite fit anymore in this world that was broken by sin. (“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” – John 15:4)
Our goal should be to follow God as He guides us to lead as many people as possible away from the trap described in Proverbs and towards God’s saving wisdom.
“For You are my hope, O Lord God” – Psalm 71:5