In the light of recent tragedies in Paris and Beirut, and countless other events happening around the world, it is easy to feel afraid and angry, and be apprehensive over the future. ISIS. Natural disasters. There seems to be no end in sight.
Reading today’s church devotion describing the familiar story of Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, these phrases caught my attention. “God has revealed… God has shown… the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about.” Genesis 46:25, 28, 32.
Although in the context of God revealing His plans to Pharaoh via Joseph, we as Christians also know what the future holds because God has told us so in His Word. God’s sovereign redemptive plan is still being played out in world history. And He will bring all things to pass according to His will.
Matthew 24:12-14 is especially relevant as we seek to have an anchor for our times. “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
This is a call for perseverance. As the return of Jesus approaches, things are going to get worse. We are seeing it play out before our eyes. When things get tough, the temptation is to abandon our faith. But the gracious and glorious promise of God is that His gospel, the only good news available to the world, will continue to go forth into all nations. And when that mission is complete, Jesus returns. In other words, Jesus still wins!
May we fix our eyes upon the return of our King, and be about His mission of proclaiming the gospel. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus.