Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 1 John 4:4-5 (NRSV)
Thankfully, God is so often the champion of the underdog. We see evil in so many places and in so many experiences in this world that it’s easy to get discouraged. Terrorism, random violence, not so random violence, drug addiction, poverty, natural disaster and disease are regular features in the news.
We wonder why. We ask God why these things go on in the world and why they don’t stop. We wonder if evil really will win out.
So how can we believe in a greater God when we are so powerless in a world filled with heartbreak and evil and sin?
If this life in this temporary world was the only and final reality, then perhaps there would be cause for despair.
But we have a greater hope, not just for the end of days (or the end of our own personal days) but for now and always.
I hereby command you: “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NRSV)
How can we keep on going on when we are afraid, depleted, discouraged, in pain, or just plain overwhelmed? How do we keep our faith and sanity when we see and experience the insanity that is so pervasive in our world?
God is with us. Have courage.