“The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
Let’s face it, confusion reigns in our culture with regard to God and spiritual matters. In fact, this confusion assails us daily – we find ourselves steering our daily Christian walk around the supposed values of “civilisation”. Where did all this chaos start? It brings to mind the song, “Land of Confusion, released by Genesis in 1986:
“Too many men
There’s too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.”
Genesis 3 tells us that it all began with a lie, from the greatest deceiver himself, Satan. Since then, he has been hard at work perpetuating the deception. Humanity has swallowed the stories of Satan, hook, line and sinker: “they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God.” (Romans 1:28) The truth has disappeared within a confusing mountain of lies and Satan appears to rule unopposed.
But don’t lose heart. Who really owns planet Earth? God of course. Just imagine the power required to create the earth and heavens in the beginning. Although scientists try to number all things, the universe is truly beyond our comprehension and measurement. That transcendent power behind the creation of all the universe will not let confusion continue for ever. Satan’s rule is running out of time. He cannot avoid the judgement that is coming (Jude 6 and Revelation 20:10).
We can have the same peace within our hearts that the Apostle Paul had. He suffered physical as well as emotional assault, and yet his faith won out, as we read in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
So when we feel discouraged in the face of the world’s unbelief, let’s allow the words of scripture to encourage us. Paul also declared, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Please, Holy Father in Heaven, guide us all to realize our wonderful future that cannot be taken away from us. Help us to remember just who is really creating the massive misunderstandings in this world, and that his rule will end. We ask this in the powerful name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Study by John Merchant
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
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