What Are We Here For?

Bad news travels fast. Old American proverb

Have you noticed that the news of late is not all that cheery? From riots and protests, to the prices of food and gas to the harsh political climate, all of the news just seems to be bad. Such news has a way of instilling fear and uncertainty. We worry about what the turmoil in different areas of the world will result in. We worry that we will not have enough money to pay our bills. We worry about the state of our nation. Add that to uncertain job outlooks, a drought of historic proportions, and that general sense of gloom that just seems to permeate the news and it's enough to give even the most optimistic among us the blues.

That's when it's good for us to remember what we are here for. We are not here for eternal peace on earth. We're not here for wealth and comfort. We are not here for perfect climate and health. We're here because our loving Father put us here and, sometimes, "here" is a test.

Could that be why there are challenges in our lives? Could it be that life is a test to determine who will be faithful? Could it be that God is watching from above to see who rises to these challenging times and actually lifts the burdens of those who are struggling, as opposed to those who just seem to add to the difficulty of an already difficult test?

The truth is that there has always been bad news in life and there always will be, but there is also an abundance of really good news for those who will listen. In fact, Jesus came into this world to announce the "Good News" - the news that saves men's souls. When you boil life down to its essence, you will find that we are here to go to heaven. Since that is the case, maybe the bad news isn't so bad after all. What are you here for, anyway? 

For you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. I Peter 1:9, NIV

He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalms 112:7, NIV