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Today someone close to me witnessed a man on a bridge about to jump to his death. He said, “I can’t do this thing call “life” anymore.” Fortunately, the police came and dissuaded the man from jumping to his death. He was taken into crisis for evaluation and help. After hearing about this incident, I began to pray for the people who are in despair and feel hopeless because of whatever challenges or crisis that they are currently facing in their lives.

There are so many things that are happening in the world around us at this time. COVID-19 has devastated many lives and continues to have an impact on society today. There are natural disasters, such as tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions to name a few. There is a war currently unfolding in Ukraine, as Russia invaded that country. Furthermore, the UN reported that some countries are currently facing famines.

Jesus spoke about the signs of the times and the end of the age, as he sat on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24). He told his disciples who asked him about the signs of the Lord’s coming and the end of the age that there will be many people who will come in His name, saying, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many (v. 4-5).

There will be wars and rumors of wars, but do not be troubled for all these things must come to pass. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Christians will be hated, persecuted and killed for His name’s sake. Many people will be offended, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end shall be saved. And the Gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come (v. 6-14).

In the midst of despair in this world, you can still have hope. This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in your heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to you (Romans 5:5). Jesus comforted you that you can have peace in Him; however, in the world you will have tribulations; but you should be of good cheer, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). You are reminded to cast your anxiety on Him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5;7). In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255, which is available 24/7.

The world is certainly not where you should build your hopes, because it is unstable. The pandemic, racial tension, political unrest, wars, natural disasters, and the economic downturn are just a few signs that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19). You should live with eternity in mind, as the world is not your lasting city, but you seek the city that is to come (Hebrews 13:14).

Although you are looking forward to your heavenly home, God has given you a purpose in this world. Life on earth is short (Psalm 103:15-16), so you should endeavor to run the race that is set before you with perseverance (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Remember, the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:17).

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