In light of the recent crop of wars popping up in the Middle-East nations, people wonder.
With the speculations of Apocalypse, Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, people wonder.
Yesterday, I read about the burning of 69 churches in Ethiopia, 30 Christian homes, a Christian orphanage, a Christian office building, and more. Blatant sin is touted as okay by NFL greats, million-dollar actors, and yes, everyday average people. Christians succumb to sexual immorality. Society accepts and tolerates more and more sin as the new norm: “addiction”.
Indeed…what IS the world coming to? That was a question posed on a friend’s Facebook status wall tonight. I was first out of the gate to answer: “An End.”
Others chimed in with similar gloom and doom. One recalled a childhood saying: “to hell in a handbasket, whatever that means.”
The forthcoming reply: Handbaskets were for picnics. So it means that it’s going to hell and no one cares.”
Then there was the clarion shout, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.”
Longings. Sighs. “I’m ready.”
Finally, a self-described “contrarian” voice of profundity admonished:
“…It’s coming to a glorious rebirth! I’ve never quite understood why we Christians allow the temporal brokenness and sinfulness of the present order to overshadow the promise of all things made new.” Paul Littleton
A pin dropped and I heard it. Pow! Thud! What is the world coming to? Rebirth. A new Jerusalem. Peace. Goodness and Glory. Majesty! A kaleidoscope of colorful beauty! Wonder of wonders!
Praise when the voice is weakest.
“And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2
Hope when the world is blackest.
“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5
What is the world coming to? A new dawning. A glorious new day.
Prayer: Oh, Lord, whatever the world does, we know those who trust in You will see a new earth filled with your glory and majesty. As the world rebels against your will and way, and false prophets rise up to confuse and lead others astray, we know You will not abandon the children who stand firm in their faith in You. We praise You, exalt You, and rest in You, oh Lord our King and Redeemer.