We live in a world today where peace can seem hard to come by.
I guess it has always been so. There have been wars raging from nearly the beginning of time. Kingdoms have risen and fallen. There have been famines, hurricanes, and earthquakes. The earth has seen the judgment of a catastrophic global flood and entire cities swallowed by volcanic lava. Men have been enslaving other men from the earliest centuries of human existence.
In more recent history we’ve seen the evils of the Holocaust, and the horror inflicted by Islamic terrorists, riotous burning of cities, and the routine slaughter of the unborn. Add to these atrocities, child trafficking, the LGBT agenda, gang violence, and an almost unending laundry list of human depravity, and it’s enough to make us scream, “Stop the world, I wanna get off!” The earth is continually being shaken. It has been groaning since the first bite of the forbidden fruit. It is also true that there are probably very few of us, if any, who have not seen our own lives personally shaken to the very foundation, either because of our own sin, or as the fallout of someone else’s sin.
Thankfully, for the believer, it will not always be this way.
For those who follow Christ there will one day be a joyous end to the tumult and chaos. We have a glorious future awaiting us in an UNSHAKABLE Kingdom. Paul says in the book of Romans,
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18, NASB)
For those of us who have faith in Christ, the suffering of this world is but a nanosecond compared to the eternity that lies ahead. Things here can seem so dark, and we can be easily discouraged by all that we see and experience in our sin-saturated existence. But we don’t have to endure it for long.
Christians can live in hope because we know that this isn’t all there is for us. We know that this life with all its troubles is the worst it can be. Sadly, for non-believers, this world is the best it will ever be for them. What a tragic thought to know that this life, with all its sorrow, death, and heartache, is as good as they will ever have it. But in Christ there is good news. He came that we might have abundant life. Even amidst the suffering. Amidst the constant shaking. We can live in victory here, knowing of the ultimate victory to come. Christ is now reigning on His throne from heaven, and will one day set His feet back upon this mangled mess of a world, and make it new again. All who are still alive when He returns will get to see it. Those who aren’t alive will rise from our graves to meet Him at His FINAL triumphal entry! His return will be seen with unimaginable joy and awe by those who have longed for this day, or unimaginable terror by those who rejected Him. Either way, He is coming and He will bring with Him and new heaven and a new earth, where all suffering and sin will cease. His Kingdom will no longer shake and groan, and it will know no end. We have His promise. So take heart, believer. A new day is coming.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev. 21:5, ESV )
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:23-27, NASB)