“How’s the World Treating You?”

When asked this frequent question, I often reply, “Poorly, but God treats me great.” The world is a very broad term and how we are treated will vary from person to person. However, when it refers to those who have no respect for God nor any love of the truth (2 Thes 2:9-12), the contrast is quite evident.

The world that is controlled by Satan, “the prince of this world” (Jo 12:31), is an ugly, dark place because he is a murderer and a liar (Jo 8:44) as are his servants (2 Tim 3:1-5).

Our God cannot lie (Tit 1:2), deceive or break promises. He is truth (Jo 14:6).

The world directed by Satan masquerades as servants of righteousness just as its master does (2 Cor 11:14-15).

Our God fills us with the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) which cannot be counterfeited.

Satan’s world is one of unfairness, perverted justice and selfishness (Amos 5:12) (Luke 11:42) (Gal 5:20) (Jas 3:14 & 16).

Our God loves justice (Isa 30:18) (Isa 61:8) yet He poured out His mercy on us while we were still His enemies (Rom 5:10).

The world of Satan is only temporary. The pleasures of sin are for but a season and then comes the judgement (Heb 11:25) (Rom 6:23) (Rev 20:10).

Our God promises eternal life to the faithful and obedient (Jo 3:16) (Jo 14:1-3). He will be with them and wipe away every tear from their eyes (Rev 21:3-4).

If the world is not treating us the way we want, we should not be surprised. If we walk with the Lord in the light, we can overcome a dark and ugly world.

—Jim Bailey