When we go to the doctor, we want to hear two things: (1) “I know what is wrong with you,” and (2) “I know how to fix it.” But what if the doctor said one more thing? Imagine how you would feel if he added, “Let me introduce you to folks who have already been through this. They’ll encourage you.” That would be even better!
Today we are living in a similar situation. Our days are filled with uncertainty. Chaos, turmoil, stress, anxiety, and even anger plague our world—especially in a politically charged election year. Yet our world bears similarity to ages past: every era of human history has known uncertainty from a human perspective.
God’s Word contains wisdom for our times. It cuts through the turmoil, diagnoses our condition, and prescribes the cure. Throughout its pages, we find hope for today in the saints of old who faced chaos, political unrest, and even persecution. We do not have to question how to live in our culture today. We can discover strategies to change our world by studying their example.
Men like Daniel and Jesus’ disciples thrived in the midst of their chaotic culture by interpreting the times prophetically—they trusted in God’s plan for their life and for ours today. From their example, we understand that biblical prophecy offers a roadmap to follow, even during the most difficult times. Because God has revealed His overarching plans for the future, we can be at peace, and even joyful, when the world is reeling with conflict. In fact, we can be a beacon of hope for those around us!
When the world is shaken to its core, the righteous do not shrink back (Hebrews 10:38). If we do not take a stand for what is right and true, where can the world look for guidance… for hope? Our calling does not change with the times. We cannot shrink from the challenge; we cannot delay. God’s truth is vitally important during times of uncertainty.