Overcoming Cynicism

Overcoming Cynicism

It is far too easy to become cynical. Especially as we age, and see things change, it becomes easier and easier to think that things are all “going to pot.” While this is the easy, and seemingly natural course for many, it must not be the path for the Christian. The gospel frees us from cynicism. 

First, we are reminded that it is not wise to live in the past. “Say not, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For it is not from wisdom that you ask this” (Ecc.7:10). As followers of Christ we are completely aware that we live in a broken world. We live, as the Preacher says, “under the sun.” While we live here in a fallen world, we are to remember that the Lord is sovereign over all things. If we enjoy any good things then we are to rejoice in Him. We fully acknowledge that the Lord causes all things to work together for good for His children (Rom. 8:28). Thus, we are free from living life in the rearview mirror. The Lord has placed you and I where we are, in this day and time, for a purpose. 

Secondly, Christ is victorious. Having just celebrated the resurrection of Christ, this should be fresh on our minds. Jesus Christ took upon Himself humanity, lived a life of perfect righteousness, laid down His life as an atoning sacrifice to satisfy the wrath of God (1 John 2:2), and was raised from the grave for our justification (Rom. 4:25). Christ has defeated death (1 Cor. 15:55), triumphed over Satan (Col. 2:15; Rev. 20:2) and is now seated at the right hand of the Father as He rules and Reigns until He is to come again (Heb. 1:3-4; Rev. 20:4). Jesus is victorious! He has accomplished the redemption of His people. Though the nations rage and seek to undermine Him, there is nothing that can thwart the plan of the Almighty. What then do the people of Christ have to fear? Trials, torrents, difficulty? These things are incomparable with the glorious reality of the gospel and the reward to come (Rom. 8:18).
Lastly, Christ is coming again. We do not know the day, nor the hour. Yet, He has promised us that He is coming back to consummate His kingdom. So, while there are difficult days here on the earth, we still have the confident expectation of Christ’s return. Now, we see as through a mirror dimly. Soon, we shall our Lord and there will be no sin to hinder our enjoyment and worship of Him. For, on that day, He will bring to complete fullness the promise that He has reiterated time after time. He will be our God, and we will be His people. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

So, dear Christian, do not be troubled. Let not your heart be hardened by the trials of this world. Christ has redeemed you. And if you have Christ, you have all. Let us therefore live a life full of joy, in Christ, for His glory.

Grace be with you,
C. R. Hamilton

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