It seems like every day my newsfeed is filled with people who think the world is ending. Trump did this… Planned Parenthood did that… The CIA hacked us all…
Unfortunately, the end of the world will be the least productive time of our lives. We’ll lack all motivation to do anything, because what does it matter anyways?
Here are three quotes (and tips) from Martin Luther that I think give us some great ideas on how to respond to these little emergencies that make us feel like the world is ending.
1. Be faithful.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
Believers are called to be faithful, to do what we are supposed to do. We must do that regardless of what assumptions we make about the future. If God has called you to do something – to plant an apple tree – than do it, even if you feel like it will amount to nothing. Obedience is more important than the end result.
2. Have faith.
Faith is permitting ourselves to be seized by the things we do not see.
You might see no hope in the situation. “How could things possibly turn out okay?” This is your opportunity to have faith. Have faith that God has things under control and that He ultimately will do His will.
3. Look for the good and keep looking.
First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.
Seeing goodness in the world is one of the most difficult things you will do. But it is possible. You just have to use every resource at your disposal. Find the good in the situation even if it means leaving no stone left unturned.
Ask God to show you the good. Ask Him to give you His perspective.
The world isn’t ending. Well, it is. And that’s okay. We were promised that from the very beginning – this world is temporary, but we are eternal. Things will be okay. The world will burn, but the things that matter will go on forever. Let’s make sure we bring as many people into that eternity as possible.