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. (Matthew 24:13-14 ESV)
There will be an end to it all: the lawlessness, hatred, disease, pain, and so on. How can we be sure that all this is temporary? The prophet Joshua wrote, “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass“ (Joshua 21:45 ESV). It is not in his character to break a promise and therefore, our hope must rest on God who will one day bring all his beloved home and restore everything back to goodness.
Civil unrest is rampant everywhere, along with illnesses, death, famines, and disasters. As I write this today, there is still a rising body count for a building that collapsed in Florida. Modern slavery has morphed into human sex trafficking. The citizens in Cuba are protesting their communist government because people are suffering from COVID-19, hunger, and police brutality; their living conditions are worsening each day. Additionally, political extremists are attacking digital infrastructures to derail businesses, governments, and counterterrorism efforts. This list can go on forever, and it serves as a reminder of why we need God to help us all.
Every day needs to begin and end in prayer. We need a daily filling of the Holy Spirit so that we can be the salt and light into this world, making it a little more bearable until Jesus returns. How glorious would it be if 7 billion souls radically turned their lives over to Jesus as Savior? As we know, all things are possible with God. So let us not lose hope when everything appears to be getting worse, and let us not grow weary in doing good because there are brighter days ahead of us.
The end is near, and Jesus promises to come back. He said, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).