A Time Is Coming

The earth is groaning with hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, and forest fires.  People are groaning with poverty, physical sickness, mental illness, and broken relationships. In it all we ask ourselves — why?  I’m sure you’ve heard people ask the question, “if there is a God and if He cares, then why doesn’t He stop the suffering?”

Many of you will know that God created the earth and its people in perfection.  The first man had an opportunity to stay in this paradise by following the ways of God or to suffer consequences of imperfection, destroying a once flawless life, by his own choice.  Man chose the latter; therefore today, we all suffer the consequences. The earth suffers, mankind suffers, but what does God do?  He goes on loving.  He goes on comforting us in our suffering, and most wonderfully, He provides a way out.

You see, God could have washed His hands of all of us because of mankind’s original choice, but His perfect love would not let Him turn His back on us.  Instead, He gave a wonderful promise.  He has promised that there is coming a time when the earth will once again be made new and mankind will never again live in poverty or sickness.  A time is coming when there will be no more sorrow or tears.  A time is coming when joy and peace will fill the earth and all its inhabitants for eternity.

The above is great news, but it also comes to each one of us as a result of a choice.  Like the first man, we too, must choose either God’s way or our own.  The Apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 4:8 & 18, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken.  We are perplexed but we don’t give up and quit. We don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen.  For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.”

We do not have to be consumed by today’s troubles; we can walk through them in the very strength of God.  We don’t have to wallow in despair of our current situations; we can live in the hope that a time is coming when tears and sorrow will be no more.

God Himself urges us on like a fan in the stands calling out for his team  to go, go, go!  Cross the finish line!  Be a winner!  A time is coming when a glorious eternal prize will be ours.

I Hope You Know Him

Last night I walked outside and looked up.  I love living in the countryside because the stars appear brighter stretched across a black velvet sky.  There were so many;  each one twinkling in brilliance.

Then the thoughts came flooding in:  Jesus is the author of the beauties of heaven and earth.  He made it all and He shares it with us who personally know Him.  In fact, to everyone who has received Jesus as their own Savior, He has promised that all the riches of heaven are theirs.  Until then, while we are still pilgrims on this earth, He has promised us a treasure chest of everything we need to get through anything at all.  What a wondrous, loving, perfect God, who would reach down to imperfect and selfish us, and make a way that we can live with Him in the beauty and perfection of love — forever!

“The heavens are Yours and the earth is Yours; everything in the world is Yours — You created it all.  You created north and south, Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon, praise Your name.  Powerful is Your arm! Strong is Your hand!  Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength!  Your throne is founded on two strong pillars — righteousness and justice.  Unfailing love and truth walk before You as attendants.  Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of Your presence, Lord.  They rejoice all day long in Your wonderful reputation.  They exult in Your righteousness.  You are their glorious strength.  Our power is based on Your favor.”  Psalm 89:11-17

To think that we can actually know God personally, and only because His love is so great and beautiful that He wants us to know Him.  He made that way possible through His dear Son, Jesus Christ.  The Bible, God’s love letter to us, tells us in Romans that there is no other entrance to the beauty of heaven, except through His Son.  There is no greater joy than to personally know Jesus, for He is the epitome of love itself, and He wraps us in His arms, and He whispers His words of love into our hearts.  Oh, how wonderful, exciting, and true!

I hope everyone reading this knows Jesus personally; if not, just ask Him right now.  Ask Him to forgive all your sin.  He promises to forgive all, no matter what.  Ask Him to come right now, this very moment, into your life.  He will do so by His Spirit and He will never leave you.  Instead, He will prepare your place in heaven, and He will steer you along your life’s journey.  He loves you, and He will guide your steps, and fill you with His own peace, all because of His unmeasurable love.  Love, love, and more love.  That’s Jesus!  Oh, I do hope you know Him.