Although I sometimes despair at what is clearly and rapidly coming our direction, from an eternal perspective I also have to admit that it’s an exciting time to be alive. As the material world more and more fails to satisfy, there will be a tremendous revival of faith and attention to the immaterial, invisible world that is the kingdom of God.
The panorama of Scripture clearly describes a startling Reality that exists here and now by grace through faith. It announces and describes a kingdom in which all true Christians live. It describes life in this kingdom as eternal, here and now and forever. It welcomes all to enter and begin to live life as it was intended. A life of growth in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control - the fruits of the Spirit of God living in and empowering believers…regardless of their material circumstances or what might be going on the world system around them.
Jesus told His disciples, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” This was true then; it is true now.
Bibles are everywhere. Only in this revelation of God does true hope and change exist. More than ever people will begin looking deeply into the Book for the Truth and the Way of salvation, and the Peace that surpasses all understanding.
Seriously, revival is coming…and so is He. Perhaps soon.
Our Creator’s Truth applies at all levels – to the world, to nations, and to individuals. Turning away from Him and His Truth, whether as individuals or as a nation, is apostasy (a turning away from or abandonment of faith or principles). Apostasy, at whatever level, will always eventually be dealt with as He sees fit. Individual reckoning is underway at every moment, everywhere (“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” - Heb 4:13). Many of us are experienceing the overwhelming sense that a national, if not cosmic reckoning may not be far away.
The warning of history and revelation, so oft-repeated, stands:
“I will go away and return to My place
Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face;
In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.” (Hosea 5:15)
Thankfully, as Hosea also proclaimed to an unrepentant Israel, the promise of reconciliation also stands:
“Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to piecesbut he will heal us;
he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.” (6:1-3)
The Creator’s Nature will always stand as creation’s only Real Hope.