As we look around our world today, it is hard not to join in the cycle of fear and hope. We fear what may happen to our country as wars seem to more and more cover the world, and as violence spreads in our own land. We find ourselves joining the rest of our culture in hoping for a person or a plan guaranteed to fix the world, become its restoring glue, give the world peace and restore our hope that all will be better.

It is normal for Christians living in a very secular, God is far away, society to find themselves joining in this fear and hope cycle. When we do, we are literally running in circles, missing the reality that God is shouting as we run past Him, as the following demonstrates.

In his book, Deliver Us from Evil, Ravi Zacharias quotes author and speaker Malcolm Muggeridge concerning the fears and hopes of the world that often intrude on the Christian heart and mind:

“…such hopes and fears are equally beside the point. As Christians we know that in this world we have no continuing city, that crowns roll in the dust and that every earthly kingdom must sometime flounder. We acknowledge a King men did not crown and cannot dethrone, and we are citizens of a city of God they did not build and cannot destroy. …[We] seek the reality of what is not seen and eternal, the reality of Christ.”   (From “Deliver Us from Evil” as quoted from “The End of Christendom” by Malcolm Muggeridge, 1980)

Sue Wilson