What Is Wrong With the World?

There’s bad news every day—war, disease, disasters and death. It’s like there’s something wrong with the world. As long as you look only at the situation in the world today, it will be very hard for you to overcome your worries because it’s true there are many problems and the future is unknown to us.

But you need to lift your eyes beyond what’s wrong and learn to trust God and His goodness instead. You can’t see the future, no matter how hard you try. It may bring more problems—or it may not. And worrying about it won’t change anything, of course, although we easily forget. Jesus said, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:27).

But read this carefully: you don’t know the future, but God does. And even more importantly, God is in control of the future. Because He loves us and is in control of the future, He can be trusted to take care of us and watch over us.

Two phrases should remain in your heart as you think about your future and the things wrong with our world. They are “Give thanks” and “Trust God.” First, learn to give thanks to God for what you have and the ways He has blessed you. Even when life gets difficult, we should thank God for all He does for us—none of which we deserve. We should be “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

Most of all, we should thank God for what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. Have you ever done that? Have you accepted Jesus into your heart and are certain you’ll be with Him in Heaven? The problems of the world pale in comparison. Your relationship to Christ is the most important thing you should be thinking about right now, and you can settle it today by turning to Christ in faith and trust.

And when you’re “born again,” then you realize you can trust God for your future—both now and eternally. Take rest in what the Bible says, the worries of this world “… dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:32-33).

Are you ready to receive Jesus and look beyond everything wrong with the world?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?