Before we move through September, let’s take time to remember:
August 2017 was a month we dare not forget.
Through headlines such as Charlottesville, the Solar Eclipse, and Hurricane Harvey, the month of August revealed not only the worst about humanity but also the best. And since some of those events already seem like history, let’s pause for a few minutes to recall three lessons August taught us.
Lesson #1 from Charlottesville – The world needs a Savior.
On August 11, 2017, white supremacists unleashed vile hatred against blacks, Jews, Latinos, immigrants, and Muslims at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. At least 30 people were injured and three killed after a car drove through a crowd protesting the event. The hatred and violence at the rally proved the human heart is “desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9 ESV). Charlottesville reminds us we need someone to save us from ourselves. Thankfully, God already sent a Savior, and his name is Jesus. Scripture tells us “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17 NLT).
Lesson #2 from the Solar Eclipse – The world doesn’t revolve around us, but God’s eye is on us.
We live in a self-focused culture where we often act as if the world revolves around us. On August 21, 2017, we caught a glimpse of the reality that it doesn’t. In fact, the eclipse helped us see just how small we are. The truth is, our lives are a mist (James 4:14), breath (Psalm 39:5), and passing shadow (Psalm 144:4). But, here’s an incredible thought: God longs to engage us in a relationship. His loving thoughts toward us outnumber the grains of sand (Psalm 139:18). While He created the moon and the stars, he also cares for us (Psalm 8:3-4) and promises to guide us with His eye upon us (Psalm 32:8).
Lesson #3 from Hurricane Harvey – This world is temporary, but the next one is eternal.
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey barreled into Rockport prompting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to declare the storm the worst natural disaster in Texas. As we mourn with friends who lost loved ones and everything they owned, we come to grips with the truth that this world is not our home. We brought nothing into the world, and we will take nothing out of the world (1 Timothy 6:7). Life is more than what we accumulate (Luke 12:15). In today’s fast-paced world, most of us make little preparation for our eternal home.
So, as we consider what August taught us, how do we move forward?
Here is a suggestion:
As you watch the news this week and see dreadful headlines, rather than turning to despair, turn your heart toward your Creator and draw close to God because He will draw close to you (James 4:8).
Jesus said everyone will live forever somewhere (John 5:28-29).
So, make the choice today to call on Jesus Christ as your Savior (Romans 10:9-10). By doing so, you will find hope amid today’s troubled times and unshakable assurance of the eternal life that is better than anything this world can ever offer.
About the author:
Laura is a blogger and Bible study leader who leverages her experience as a former television news reporter, radio show host, and magazine editor to connect the relevance of Scripture to modern issues. She writes regularly about news and faith on her website.