Today, America is disunited. The uncooperative spirit among our people has cultivated national dysfunctionality and strife.
God warns that in the final days “people will be lovers of themselves….boastful, proud…ungrateful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2). Our Savior also alerts us, “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again” (Matthew 24:21).
It’s unsettling, but it’s the reality of life.
In the midst of discord and disunity come God’s comforting assurances. His writers warn us of the worst. But, they also encourage us to trust his promises.
First, God encourages us to live holy lives. “Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away….Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17-18). By faith, we serve God and our fellowmen. We glorify him when we demonstrate Christlike love for others.
Secondly, he encourages us to grow spiritually stronger. Good works are not a Means of Grace. Rather, they come from saving faith. They are spiritual exercise to strengthen us. Just as weightlifters train their muscles, exercising our faith through godly living trains us to “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2).
It is unlikely that our nation will easily overcome its current societal disarray.
Thank God for his comforting Word that guides us in these trying times. By faith, we serve him and others following Christ’s example of humility, love, and service.
Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran. Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or firstname.lastname@example.org