Friday, February 3, 2012

We Know What's Ahead

     All those pollsters and pundants out there in media land seem to think they can predict with certainty who is going to be the nominee of the Republican party and ultimately who will win the presidency.  There is always a great deal of speculation during an election year, and yet, no one really knows how things will turn out.  Every day there is a new twist and turn which only creates more second guessing.
     In addition to the pollsters and pundants, we also have psychics who make predictions about elections and coming events in the new year.  Lately, there has been a commercial running consistently put out by a financial researcher who is warning of a coming event which will drastically change everything in our country, and bring difficult times. However, no one knows what the future holds but God.
     Within God's Word, we are told that we have a future and a hope.  I Thessalonians 4:13-18 reads:  "But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus."  Then, Paul goes on to describe how Jesus will return with a "shout and the trump of God".  He concludes the passage by writing, "Therefore comfort one another with these words."
      Having read this, we can conclude that we really have a hope and a future ahead of us!  This is good news on which we can count.  The world cannot offer us the stability, certainty, or power that defines the Word of God.  Instead, our world system is unstable, uncertain, and fluctuates with every wind of doctrine that floats around.  Perhaps the best news, though, is that the Lord Himself will return for us.  Those who have fallen asleep in Christ and those who are alive when He comes will rise to be with Him forever.  His reign and rule will be perfect.  There will be no more suffering, tears, or heartache.
     What are the odds that this will come to pass, I can hear the pollsters saying?  100% because God and His Word never fail.  We need not grieve or lose hope because we have lost a loved one or because we are having difficult times in this world.  We have a future that the Lord tells us:  "eye hath not seen nor ear heard what has been prepared for those that love the Lord" (I Cor. 2:9).  We cannot imagine in our finite minds how wonderful our future will be.
     So, if life has you down, the elections look bleak, there is no money in the bank and your health isn't all you want it to be....take heart...have hope...for our Lord, Himself will be coming and He will offer us far more than this old world can ever give.  Selah!

I hope you have been encouraged by what you have read today and I ask that you leave a comment to share your thoughts and insights.  It is an encouragement to me and to others who read here.  Blessings!

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