The war in Ukraine adds one more item on our two-year list of collective crises. There is no need for me to rehash all that we’ve been through. Each crisis still sits in our bones like an unwanted guest who won’t leave. (That doesn’t even include your own personal challenges that might be happening with your health, family, or job.)
My questions for you are: How well are you coping? When will you reach your breaking point?
Maybe you already have. Maybe you are right on the brink of giving up as you read this post.
Wherever you are today on that spectrum, I want to give you hope. Because if you have hope, then you will be able to get out of bed and face today’s challenges with resilience.
First, let me say with unquestionable confidence: Your best days are yet to come. I have hope that this present crisis will pass, and we will return to relative peace and prosperity. But even if that doesn’t happen in our lifetimes, we can still have hope. You see, just as Jesus came the first time as a fulfillment of hundreds of prophecies, he will come again, just as he promised. When he comes, he pledges to all believers that he will “transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). And all nations will gather around him and worship him together in a renewed earth.
But we don’t need to wait for his return to experience this kind of hope. Even now, God is at work at many levels.
1. For some, God is using this crisis to bring them to his side to escape even worse troubles.
The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. (Isaiah 57:1)
2. For some, this crisis will bring people to repentance and faith.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
3. For some, this crisis will lead to a stronger faith and a deeper character.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
4. For some, this crisis will bring final judgment to the hardened sinner and peace to the righteous.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. (Psalm 1:5,6)
This present crisis might be followed by an even greater challenge. But even if that is the case, you do not have to give up. You can believe and live as if your best days are yet to come. And if you have that hope, you will remain resilient no matter what happens tomorrow.