This world can be pretty difficult. Just look around. People are rising up against their governments in certain countries because of oppression or other harsh conditions. Others are recovering from devastating losses from tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, massive fires and other such natural disasters. And that doesn't touch on the personal losses such as close loved ones that die from cancer, heart disease or other such health related issues.
I could go on. But the fact of the matter is is that there is a lot of pain in this world. It shouldn't come as a complete surprise, though. We do live in a fallen world. Sin is real and devastating. And Satan, who is also very real, is out to kill, steal and destroy. John 10:10 We have an enemy of our souls, but oddly enough we often do enough damage to ourselves. We tend to add insult to injury when we are enticed by the evil desires within our own hearts. James 1:13-15
Like I was saying, my heart goes out to hurting people. For these folk, it seems pretty apparent that they need help. Unfortunately, the places they often go to for help either add to their difficulty or do nothing to address the real issue(s). It seems the world is never short of its offers of pleasure and comfort that lead to self-serving motives and/or desires. Its promises are fleeting and do more damage than good. God says that "there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12
As much as I’m concerned for these people, I’m also concerned for my family and friends. This statement might need some explaining. Some of them may not believe or think that this could possibly apply to them. And I understand that. I understand that growing up doing good things, or going to church, getting baptized or even being religious seems like it’s doing all the things that matter. It’s even possible that there are some that believe by going to a specific church automatically puts them in God’s good graces. I even thought at one point in my life that if I do enough good things that outweighed the bad, then I might get to heaven. (That, however, quickly faded when I was doing nothing but bad things and found myself headed in the wrong direction.)