There seems to be this universal agreement that Math is difficult. I was never really the best student in school, in fact, my former school mates will tell you, I was and average student at best. However, I didn’t find Math difficult. It was actually my favorite subject. I remember how, whenever it was time to start a new topic, the teacher would start with a simple concept that they would build on to introduce a new formula. Once you had the concept down, it was easy to then solve any future problems you encountered.
History, in the other hand, was a whole different animal. It’s all about stuff that already happened and remembering details. A LOT of things have happened in the world so remembering them needs constant study and revising. Both of which I was, and still am, terrible at.
The world is broken. When I turn on the news, or check my social media feed, I’m bombarded with evidence of this. I find myself trying to find the formula that I can apply to solve all these problems. Unfortunately, life is not a math problem and there’s not a set formula that you can apply to solve everything. This is where we need to turn on our revising skills and open up some history books. I highly recommend The Bible.
I feel like this year has taken the cake on disasters, both natural and man-made. As more bad things happen, it gets more and more difficult to have hope. They say that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. So, when God’s voice seems to be drowned out by the noise of hopelessness in the world, I turn to the Bible and read God’s history. I hold on to those things because they show me that, even in the worst of times, I can still have hope in God because His promises are true.
Lamentations 3:26 ‘It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.’
Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’