The crazy ride of 2020
July 31, 2020
What a ride this year has been! I never thought that we would still be dealing with masks, quarantine, and the general confusion that has defined our lives for the past seven months. I am grateful that we live in a relatively safe area and those who have been sick have recovered well. Now we find ourselves struggling to figure out how to educate our children during a pandemic. Our prayers are that the Lord will guide our educators and assist them in this trying time.
This year is also a presidential election cycle. Every four years, our country divides and defines ourselves by political parties and ideology. The presidential election this year will be divided as ever before. By November, we will be weary of the commercials, debates and general bickering that occurs every four years.
If 2020 did not have enough against it, now we are again struggling with racism, hatred and violence. It is tragic to see rioting, violence and destruction. There have been too many injured or killed in this senseless violence. All the destruction has not changed one heart. We keep coming to this tension repeatedly. Where is the Dr. King of this generation?
In all this chaos, there is a confusion that troubles the heart. We struggle to find the truth. Mask or no mask? Does this drug work, or does this one? I struggle with what aisle to go down! We struggle with the decision to let our children go to school. Do we go to church or stay at home? Which politician is lying, and which one truthful? Will this candidate keep promises made, or will they disappoint as so many before them? Can we really trust them to do what is right, or will we find corruption? How can we bridge the divide that racism causes? How do I deal with human hatred? Maybe you have all the answers, I know that I don’t, but I know who does!
It was a confusing time 2,000 years ago. Racial tension, radical political intrigue. The crowds demanded death. Truth demanded innocence. “What do I do?” was the question of the moment. Not much has changed in 2,000 years. In a desperate move, Pilate confronted Jesus about His kingdom, His kingship, His identity. Pilate declared, “what is truth” and went to wash his hands of the matter. To be so close to God, but unable to find or see the Truth right in front of him. Pilate would never again be so close to the discovery of Truth as he was that day.
All the confusion we face today is due to the lies of the Enemy and the lies of evil men. I am fully convinced that all we are experiencing today, the confusion, the lies, the hatred are because we are a world without Jesus. Jesus declared to Pilate, “… thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37). The noise and clamor of a pandemic, from political division and racial hatred, has confused all of us. What we each need right now is to drown out all of this confusion, lies, and clamor with the clarity of a Savior who declared that not only does He speak and declare the truth, He is the very essence of truth: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
The answer to this crazy year is simply this: Jesus is the truth to every question, every doubt, every worry I might have. He will calm the fearful heart. The Lord will bring clarity to the confusion. He will change a heart of hatred into a life of love and acceptance. You will never find these things in the world we live in today. Only in Jesus can we find guidance for the path we are on, find truth when lies surround us and find the life that we are all desperate to discover.
I do not know how 2020 will end, but I know one thing and that one thing is sure: God’s got this, and it is in Him that I will trust and not fear. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2).