Turn on the news and you’ll be bombarded with stories that leave you sick to your stomach. Ebola, beheadings, and terrorism.
Oceans no longer separate us from the tragedies we’re used to seeing on World News Tonight.
But before you start to fear, before you throw up your hands in surrender, before you think there’s nothing good left in the world.
Remember: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)
Beth Moore writes, Darkness is intensifying across this globe, but look at what God says about glory: “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord.” (2 Cor. 13:18 NIV). In these days of burgeoning hatred, violence, madness, and terror, we are a people called to more and more love and more and more diligence while reflecting more and more of God’s glory.
More and more love.
More and more glory.
For perfect love drives out fear. (1 John 4:18)
My Bible says, as believers, we reflect this glory of Christ to the world, and in so doing, we are slowly being changed into the image we reflect – the image of Christ.
We are called to reflect His glory even when we can’t see past the darkness.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. (2 Cor. 4:6)
We are called to reflect His glory even when we’re afraid and all hope seems lost.
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. (2 Cor. 4:16-17)