The world we live in is real. Christians generally expect the world to be a church or to be nice or to have a Christian behaviour, but no, it does not. It is the ‘world.’ Jesus warned us that ‘we will have trouble’ in the world.
The same with your beloved country, there will always be the bad part and the good part. If you follow world news, there is always a crisis or problem in every country. In USA they are saying Obama is bad. In India they are criticising the government for its poor response to flooding. In China it’s about people not being given voice. In Russia it’s Putin being in power for too long. I used to think that Brazil is perfect until I saw the recent protests. Even in the religious Vatican, we hear of scandals. In Australia, it’s the immigration scandals. A few weeks ago, in Switzerland, banking scandals were unearthed, not to mention conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, America, Asia, actually every continent. These are the last days!
We find that perfection that humanity so desperately seek has actually never existed since the days of Adam.
So, problems are everywhere, home and away. If we look at history, we find a similar pattern that every generation or era had its own successes and issues. We find that perfection that humanity so desperately seek has actually never existed since the days of Adam.
In spite of all this, in ever y country, and eras you will find some few people thriving, with or without challenges. Who are these people? ‘I would like to be one of them.’
Perhaps what God really wants is different from what humanity desires and hopes for. Perhaps what God wants is not absence of the storm, or a kind of perfection. Perhaps what He wants is for you to thrive in the mist of the storm, to be the flower in the wilderness, to shine in darkness and to be the beacon of hope. In this way people will know that there is God who makes a difference.
There is a bigger picture, so big that the majority are always missing it.
Let’s not fear prophesies of doom and gloom. Let us not fear these calamities, because they come and go. We do not put our trust in the gold price, or financial performance or the quality of our leaders (just remember that we are on earth, there is no perfect leader). We put our trust in the God who appointed the leaders, the maker of gold, and platinum etc. If you are a child of God, ‘no harm shall befall you.’ And if it does, God will ‘cover you under His wings.’ There will be ‘light in the land of Goshen!’
Just be where God placed you. Do what God has assigned you to do. There is a bigger picture, so big that the majority are always missing it. This bigger picture of your country (and the whole world) can only been seen by spiritual eyes.
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About Taka Sande:
Taka Sande, www.takasande.com is an author, an entrepreneur and development activist. He has a passion for making a difference by influencing and adding value to people’s lives. He is the founder of the blog It’s My Footprint, http://www.itsmyfootprint.com/.