The theme for February will be Faith and Tribulation. We chose this theme because we are seeing a great deal of tribulation in our world, and words of faith are needed now as much as–if not more than–ever.
Natural disasters are wreaking havoc around the globe:
- Weather that makes Chicago colder than Antarctica
- Weather that destroys entire towns and more–hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, droughts, famines, floods–so many people trying to piece their lives together out of ruin and loss
Man-made disasters can be equally destructive:
- Forest fires in places with high winds and no rains (some have natural causes, but others are started by human carelessness)
- Wars and raids and suicide attacks
- Shootings in crowds, shootings in schools, shootings in churches, shooting in malls . . . and on and on and on.
Personal losses are also devastating: loss of home, health, job, parent or spouse or child or other loved one.
Most destructive of all, in my opinion, is our constant exposure to words of hate as people use social media and other public forums to condemn not just individuals, but every member of a group based on the ideals and actions of the most extreme.
But there is hope, and that hope lies in faith–faith that Christ is with us, that he died for us, that he rose from the dead, and that he is holding us in his arms through every tribulation. He told us this:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
As humans, we are likely to feel overwhelmed, but through piety (worship and prayer), study of God’s Word, and the actions we choose to make to his glory, we find our faith growing stronger and giving us the fortitude to face whatever the future may bring.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Hold on to the sure knowledge that God is in control, that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” (Romans 8:28), and that God loves you. Have faith!