Life can often distract us. It might be the unrelenting stress and busyness within our own lives, the whirlwind of anxiety often generated by a 24-hour news cycle, or the latest novelty being presented as the solution to our problems. We find ourselves consumed by the worries of the moment or the newest attraction that catches our eye. And God gets lost in the distraction.
These are the real threats the modern world poses to our faith: the increasing demands on our valuable time, the constant worry over the chaos in our world, and the allure of comforts and conveniences that give us the illusion of self-reliance. Each of these traps can cause us to lose sight of God, and we slowly fail to recognize the truth that “The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28 NASB).
Keeping our faith and hope in this modern world means choosing daily to expand our vision beyond our current situation or surrounding events and gazing into eternity, to the One who created everything. It means fixing our eyes on the God who has held the oceans in His hand, who has measured off the heavens with His fingers, who knows the weight of the earth, and who has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale (Isaiah 40:12).
Being a person of faith, however, does not simply mean acknowledging that God is our Creator. God is not merely the cause of all existence; He provides meaning to it. He is far more than a first cause; He is the One who defines love, goodness, truth, justice, and life. “With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge, and informed Him of the way of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:14 NASB). The answer: no one.
He not only created the world; He is the source of all that is good, true, beautiful, and lasting. And He rules over creation: “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22 NASB). He elevates and brings low. He raises kings, nations, and leaders, and He also humbles and casts them down. But He never loses sight of the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the weary. Instead, He is the one who strengthens them and lifts them up.
Our modern world so often captivates us with anything and everything that will steal our focus. If we’re not careful, we can too easily spend our lives consumed by the cares and worries of this world and miss the opportunity to live with the hope and perspective that God is on the throne and that He is in control. God rightly challenges all of His people with the question, “To whom then will you compare Me that I would be his equal?” (Isaiah 40:25 NASB).
Living with true faith in the modern world means clearing away all of the distractions and beholding our God who is the sole source of life and all that is good, true, beautiful, and lasting. It means that we live each and every day in awe and wonder of Him—and Him alone.
Father, overwhelm us with Your timeless and awesome presence. May we live each and every day in awe and wonder of You. No one is like You. May we never lose sight of that. Amen.