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Taking Heart from God’s Plan

When we look around us, we can’t help but wonder if there’s still hope for mankind and we tend to lose heart at what we see. But we can gain courage if we look hard enough using faith and not sight.

The Heart of the Matter

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The Bible is the only source of truth (John 17: 17) and is the foundation of all knowledge. In this secular society we live in, God’s Word is forgotten or rather neglected and that’s the reason why the people can’t understand the real meaning of life—God’s ultimate plan and purpose for mankind. A good understanding comes from obedience (Psalms 111:10b) and we grow in spiritual maturity as we seek to apply the principles of God’s Law in our daily decisions and choices (Hebrews 5:12-14). For example, people can’t understand why we should follow God’s Laws. Many are also confused that if there’s a merciful God, why does He allow all the sufferings in the world? But suffering is a part of God’s plan. It’s because humanity cannot have freedom of choice and freedom from suffering at the same time. Since God has given us freewill, He need not always intervene to save us from the consequences of our wrong choices. These hardships and problems are results of man’s disobedience and multitude of sins (Jeremiah 30: 14-15). God allows things to happen for man to learn that this way of life leads to destruction and death (I John 2: 15-17); and that following God’s way of life is for our own good—and is the only way out of all the world’s turmoil and problems.

If we’re to follow God’s way of life then, we can see that the key to our country’s current political crisis lies not in taking matters into our own hands. If we look at the bigger picture, we would understand that what we truly need is God’s divine intervention to the world’s affairs. Apostle Paul was inspired to write in Romans 13: 1-2 that: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” God allows things to happen for a purpose, which are still part of His Masterplan. But it doesn’t mean that we tolerate evil. The best key as written also in the Bible, is to flee from evil, then it shall flee from you (James 4:7) and overcome evil with good instead of being overcome by it (Rom.12: 21).

A Change of Heart

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Now, what could have been the root cause of this “evil” in our world today? Simply—Human Nature—that easily gives in to the temptations of Satan the Devil. Man is basically carnal and therefore enmity to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor can it be. (Romans 8:7). Man also has a heart that is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9).

If this is so, then the logical solution to all of the world’s problems is—a collective repentance. Not until and unless the whole nation repents, there will be no lasting peace and unity. Repentance is not only being sorry for the wrong things one has done, but being so sorry that one will be able to take a 90-degree-turn and change for the better! Then from there, everything else follows.

Much has been said about the abstract concept that is peace and we know that it isn’t the mere absence of war and chaos.

According to a Values book, “A Pocketful of Virtues”: No nation today would go to war if it could get what it wants peacefully. The fighting starts when a nation wants something so badly that it is willing to go to war in order to get it. Sometimes, we can compare wars of nations to a dangerous enlargement of a quarrel between two children. “This is mine!” “No, this is mine!” they yell. Then they end up attacking each other. The great difference is, in wars the effects are more devastating and lasting.

Wanting our way without thought and care for others is the root cause of wars, big or small. We need to be saved from ourselves. We need to overcome our being war-like, for we all have this tendency within us.

As bright as the sun, we see that the world’s problems today have one basic cause: man. It’s always been the trouble. In fact, there’s a poem spreading through the Internet by an unknown writer entitled: “Monkeys Deny Being Missing Link To Humans”. It demonstrated the resentment of three conversing monkeys to humans in connection to the Theory of Evolution because of the former’s wrong ways. The last line is a disclaimer: “If man has descended like he say he has, he certainly didn’t descend from us!”

Another example is an essay called “The Damned Human Race” written by an acclaimed author Samuel Clemens also known as Mark Twain. Its main point is “the descent of man from higher animals”. It’s a detailed study of man’s ways and activities filled with immorality, greed, pride, hypocrisy, injustice and the like in comparison to animals’ “good ways”, which according to him is a proof that man had descended from “higher animals” and had lost a good deal of “goodness” in the transition.

“A Moment of Eternity…” an essay written by Christina Kuo showed why human beings are to be blamed with what’s happening in the world. It’s an hypothetical situation which is a view from an “alien” who happened to discover and explore the Earth. In the last paragraph, it says: “We find it strange that while millions of humans have a copy of this Bible, so few are willing to believe and do what it says. No wonder this planet has problems.”

As already been pointed out, since human nature is the source of all these chaos and mess, then the antidote must be a change of heart. This Chinese Proverb has the perfect analogy: “If there is Righteousness in the Heart, there will be Beauty in the Character. If there is Beauty in the Character, there is Harmony in the Home. If there is Harmony in the Home, there will be Order in the Nation. If there is so, then there’ll be Peace in the World.”

After God’s Own Heart

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Recapturing true values as the answer to life’s problems is no longer contestable. A moral recovery is undoubtedly the solution we’ve all been waiting and wanting for. How “weird” it may sound to the majority is given. The quick-rejection as a respond is also expected. It’s not even going to be an easy way out but such a tedious lifetime process—just like conversion. We overcome everyday—and he who endures until the end will be saved (Matt. 24: 13).

The idea that our local government’s system and politics are suffering from a moral decay and corruption cancer has already become a cliché. It has been a widely accepted fact and is beginning to be treated as a normal thing. But we know that it is wrong—something that will never pass God’s standards. And yet we shouldn’t do what feels right, but rather what is right, which is obviously the things that are in accordance to the truth—God’s Words. It’s not that we become apathetic to the social issues of our country; it’s just that we need to seek and act upon God’s will—not our own.

What then should we do? One of our life’s duties and purposes is to be a light to the world (Matt. 5: 14). This means to be good role models in righteousness and faith according to God’s standards even if it would mean being despised by the world. As one of the golden rules states: “We must be the change we search in others”. We must set the right example, otherwise we’ll be like the Pharisees who are hypocrite and self-righteous; and like the Spanish friars many Filipinos loathe who didn’t practice what they preached. After all, the leader reflects the people. Also, let’s not be envious to those who “enjoy” committing sin because God shall surely punish them (Psalms 37: 1-2).

Many say that love makes the world go round and yet it seldom manifests. In reality: greed, pride, lust and selfishness encompass this so-called love. “Where is the love?” so goes a song. What is love? We ask. The holy Scriptures define love as the fulfillment of God’s laws (Romans13:10). Unfortunately, what abound in the world today are contrary to the commandments of the Lord. But every temptation is an opportunity to do good. Hence, now more than ever, we ought to seek and obey God with all our being.

With faith, which are the things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen (Hebrews 11: 1), we can carry on fighting the battle. Then when we have done our parts, let us be assured knowing 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).

There’s more to life than all of these things that shall come to pass, which will soon emerge amidst the surface of gloom and chaos—the larger than life.

Even though action is louder than words, it’s so much easier said than done. But then again, we are talking about Someone who’s way powerful than all of us put together.~

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