Those who keep Heaven in view remain serene in the darkest of days
Published 8:19 am Tuesday, October 3, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: Often people speak of having a worldview. What does it mean to have a worldview and what determines a right worldview – religion, political agendas, personal perspective? – W.V.
Dear W.V.: There are certain special privileges that only the true Christian can enjoy. There is, for example, the privilege of having divine wisdom and guidance continually. The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
The Christian also has a worldview. This worldview sets forth God’s purpose and the end toward which all are proceeding. It assures us that in spite of men’s war upon each other and in spite of the destructive forces of nature that seem to hold us in their grip, God is still on the throne and in command of everything. Satan himself is held back by God’s power and given an opportunity to exercise his evil influence only as God sees fit and only as long as God has a definite plan for each period of history, for every nation, and for every individual. The Scripture discloses God’s plan for the return of Christ when His kingdom shall be established. So you see, for the Christian, life has a plan and an assurance that God will ultimately triumph over all unrighteousness.
All false religions cut away parts of God’s revelation, add ideas of their own, and come out with various viewpoints that differ from God’s revelation in the Bible.
To sum up the superiority of the Christian life over all other ways of living, we cannot overlook the advantage that the Christian will have for all eternity. Those who keep Heaven in view remain serene in the darkest of days, knowing that Christ will someday rule.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)