Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn- Psalm 89:15-17 NIV
There is not a whole to celebrate right now.
Everything feels kind of dark and hard right now. Destructive philosophies have taken root and many western countries seem intent on committing cultural suicide. The thin veneer of civilization is getting thinner every day and governments all over the globe are struggling to get a grip on the growing chaos. Even people who don’t worry all that much are anxious, depressed and fearful on some level.
There is lot of spiritual fruit for Christians to grieve right now. The western church has sinned by majoring on spiritual minors for far too long. Church leaders have focused on the number of butts in the seats and bucks in the offering plate rather than on making disciples and the state of people’s souls. We have sought the applause of the unbelieving world, watered-down truth and exhibited contempt rather than love to sinners. As a result, legions of people are so morally confused they literally believe right is wrong and wrong is right (Isaiah 5:20). Christians should grieve all sin because God looks on those who mourn sin with favor. (1st Kings 8:46-48, 2nd Chronicles 32:26, Ezekiel 6:9, Proverbs 1:23).
All that being said.
God’s people are called to celebrate God and His greatness no matter their circumstances (Leviticus, 23:40-42, Psalm 100, 2nd Samuel 6:21, 1st Corinthians 5:8). Hezekiah became King of Judah during some of the darkest days of Israel’s history. The nation was deeply divided. Both the North and the South were in a state of profound moral, spiritual and economic decline. The nation was weak militarily and threatened by powerful enemies on all sides. However, in the middle of all that gloom and doom Hezekiah issued a decree that the whole nation should come together and celebrate the Passover like they had never celebrated it before. The result of their choice to celebrate God’s goodness in the midst of their pain and grief was their prayers were heard and revival resulted (2nd Chronicles chapters 30-31). Despite all the ugliness in the world there are five things Christians can and should celebrate right now:
Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed-
Every day we draw breath brings us that much closer to the day when our earthly problems and struggles will be nothing more than a distant memory (Revelation 21:3-5). That’s something to celebrate.
Jesus is not missing in action-
True story. It might appear that this sin-weary world is completely out of control and teetering on the edge of madness. However, the chaos we are experiencing is not without purpose. I do not know where all of this will end but I do know God sees our hearts and will ultimately lead those who remain joyful in affliction (Romans 12:12) into a reward that is infinitely better than anything our feeble minds can imagine (Revelation 21:1-27).
Everyone will eventually answer to God for their choices-
Okay, so, I get that this feels like a weirdly dark thing to celebrate. However, sometimes life is hard. The Bible teaches there will come a time when all Christians everywhere will suffer at the hands of evil people who will refuse to repent of their sin (Daniel 7:21, Matthew 24:9-12, Revelation 6:9-11). It will appear for a season that those people are getting away with their evil treatment God’s people. Nothing will be further from the truth. God wants His people to be comforted by the truth He will reward the righteous for their good deeds and punish the wicked for their evil deeds (2nd Thessalonians 1:5-10). We must not allow the sinful choices of others to erode our belief that God is good. Rather, we should pray for the salvation of our enemies and trust God to bring justice in His timing.
God is still in the business of transforming people-
The good thing about bad times is that God frequently uses personal pain to draw people closer to Himself and into His Kingdom. This taking place right now. I have observed that God has used this very painful season to reveal the idols and worldly desires that have taken root in the lives of God’s people. As result, many Christians are experiencing a renewed obedience and a desire to serve God with their whole being. In the past this has always been a clear sign revival (unsaved people coming to faith in Jesus) is always just around the corner.
Christians can celebrate God even in the darkest places because for Christians life really is good even when it’s bad. Christians experience things no one else can. Christians experience joy even in the darkest valleys and community in the midst of personal and shared crisis. We experience peace in chaos and get to see God bring hope and transformation to those who trust in Him.
Those are all worth celebrating.
2 thoughts on “Five Things Christians can Always Celebrate Even in the Darkest of Times-”
Thank you! So many are sad and grieving the things being put back in place like abortions, including me. That was my strongest hardest hit in my heart. But I must confess I am seeking God every minute almost to help me not be so politically inclined. I seek him more to help me with my mouth towards others who don’t share my views. I fail sometimes. I want Jesus to be 1st. I dont want my witness to all, for Christ to be harmed. I struggle with being truthful about my views mixed with how this affects my ability to spread the Gospel to every soul. I am not alone in this very struggle. I don’t want to feel like I am lieing. And there are things I “feel” are important for us Christian’s to know to make informed choices. I ask God to please help us KNOW how to reconcile these inner battles. Thank you again for posting this how timely it is. God bless you. Debbie Benefield
Debbie, Thank you for your comment!! I feel exactly like you do and I am struggling to work out all the same issues in my life. It’s a crazy time to be alive and an even crazier time to be a Christian! I feel that the church has sought to solve social and spiritual problems through political means and that has been a dismal failure. We need a fresh vision. I pray God gives us all boldness tempered with wisdom. I have feeling we are going to need it.