No cloud can overshadow a true Christian but his faith will discern a rainbow in it. --Bishop Horne
Yesterday at church my pastor reminded us all of something: the world will never get better. In fact, the Bible promises us that it will only get worse. We tend to think the world will be a better place "if we just get the right politician into office", "if more people were better with their finances", "if more police petrolled the streets", or "if the government would stop spending so much money". However, this kind of thinking eliminates the one truth, which is that the problem with the world is that it is a unsaved.
In fact, nothing will be right with the world until Christ comes again. I've heard people say things like "the world is a terrible place, and that is proof that God doesn't exist." When in fact, all one has to do is crack open the Bible to see why the world is the way that it is. In the Old Testament, every time the nation of Isreal strayed from God, which they always inevitably did, God would allow them to suffer oppression and torment until they repented and cried out for his mercy and salvation. Then he would always bring a savior (or a Judge as it is called in the Bible) to bring Isreal (who was, by this time humbly submissive to his will) out of oppression. Then sin would rear its ugly head and they would allow sin to run rampant again, starting the cycle all over.
This quote above reminds me that we are not to wonder why the world is a mess. It is a mess because most of the people in this world are lost and living in rebellion to God. We, his followers, are not to fall into despair because of this, but rather we are to look to the glorious future, the rainbow in the dark cloud, the coming of Christ.