Sometimes it seems as if the world is hurtling to its doom and destruction. If one were to look merely at circumstances reported by the nightly news, there should be no hope for the human race. But I know better.
In the midst of ISIS trying to take over the world, Ebola outbreaks in the US, a dear friend fleeing her mission field with a forced evacuation, terror threats on home soil, a seemingly ceaseless debasement of our moral fiber, ill morals and blatant untruths being taught in our school system... in the midst of all this... Jesus.
Jesus is holding back the world from utterly crumbling into destruction. Jesus is reaching through the vastly encroaching darkness to bring light with the glorious hope of the gospel. Jesus is standing beside the displaced missionary letting them know He has a plan and it will work for their good and His glory. After all, the darkest moment in history of Christ's death on the cross brought the most glorious light and hope the world has ever known. And that is why through the midst of tragic events and a seemingly uncertain future, I can rejoice - for my future is secure!
I am secure in Christ and the hope of eternal life spent with Him. I am secure in knowing He has taken every single one of my sins, nailed them to the cross, and has washed me clean! No matter what may occur, of this I am sure, my life is hid with God in Christ Jesus. Oh what salvation! What marvelous grace! That my Savior would die for me, take the dreadful punishment I so righty deserve, to set me free from the bondage of death - for only the price of belief! What mercy!
And so, in looking around me, I say with the prophet, 'Come quickly Lord Jesus' and in waiting until He does I will follow His instructions and 'put my hand to the plow, not looking back' and will 'occupy until He comes.' May He find me hard at work for the spread of His Kingdom until the day that trumpet blows!