Looking Up

“While we look not to the things we can see, but to the things that we cannot see. For the things we can see are temporary, but the things we cannot see are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18 Do you ever get overwhelmed with the craziness of the world we live in? It seems to get crazier every day. And if we are not looking to the right source, this crazy messed up world could get downright depressing! Every day the newscasts show us scenes of warfare and terrorism somewhere on the globe. Even in our own country now, we see unprecedented scenes of violence, racial tension and disregard for authority on a daily basis. Our nation that once shined as a beacon of hope to the entire world is now often the source of international news with shameful scenes of rioting and looting, not to mention, in my opinion, what is the most embarrassing political race for the White House in the history of our nation. Truth be known, we are no different than the rest of the world, and the world now sees that too. We’re a mess! And we need help. We are in need of a strong leader who can turn everything around, a Leader who can put our messes in the past, illumine us today and inspire us with vision and hope for bright tomorrows! That need is not limited to our times or to our hemisphere. It is an ongoing global need. As much as I love this nation and still believe her to be the greatest nation on earth, our nation is not the answer to all the world’s problems! For that matter, with the election looming just in front of us, it would be nice to think that one of these candidates when elected will “lead our nation back to greatness” again. But if we are depending on the one who sits in the White House to make us “great again”, we have put our hope in the wrong place. A new President is not the answer to the issues of our day. Sometimes our biggest problem is that we actually think we can help ourselves so we try to put temporal band-aids on an eternal problem! The root of the real problem our world faces is mans’ own sinfulness, individually. It has affected every life, on every continent, in every society throughout history. It is THE eternal problem we each face. Eternal problems require eternal answers and there is only One in all of history who is eternally qualified to fix a people who cannot fix themselves and the good news is He does it one life at a time! Why is that such good news? Because even though you, as one person, cannot change the world, Jesus can change YOUR world in an instant. And not only will He change you in this world, He will change the way you look at this world. He will change the way you look at tragedies and disasters, at hunger and war, at love and loss. He will change the way you live your life and even the way you view death. Even the greatest of nations will eventually fade away but He never will and the life He brings, one heart at a time, is NOT a temporal band-aid. He is the Eternal Answer for anyone who will call on His name. That includes you. If you are discouraged, disgusted, depressed, overwhelmed, without hope, filled with anxiety, aimless, tired or longing for peace, stop staring at the world and look to the right source! Jesus said “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) “Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) “Whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Jesus told us that this life is temporary, even referring to this body as a tent. One day these tents will be folded and those who have answered the call of Christ will follow our Eternal Leader home! But until then, set your eyes on Him, live your life to the fullest and join the Psalmist in boldly declaring “…I will offer IN THIS TENT sacrifices with shouts of joy!”(Psalm 27:6). “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith!” (1 John 5:4) So set your eyes on Christ, give Him your life, your undivided attention and watch Him change your perspective on your world and your life right before your eyes! Live!


About brotodd

Pastor, First Baptist Church Redwwater, TX. Married to Debbie Edwards, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 1 Savior.
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