The world is a confusing and perplexing place. Last weekend an evil, troubled, and misguided man walked into a small country Baptist Church outside of San Antonio and murdered 27 worshippers in cold blood.
President Trump was in Asia . . . calling on the nations in that region of the world to help reign im the madman dictator who heads the North Korean government . . . and poses a serious nuclear threat to the free world (the situation is so intense that 10+ million lives could be lost in 30 seconds).
The leaders (so called) in our nation’s capital are divided into warring factions . . . and are on constant alert for things to argue over and further fracture the nation . . . those folks would seemingly prefer to fall upon their own swords than to find a reasonable way to deal with the serious matters that loom large over us all (the health-care nightmare, the deficit, trade imbalances, corruption within our government: Russia collision, Clinton e-mail scandal, former FBI Director Comey and his peculiar actions during our most recent election, the Muellar Special Counsel investigation, and on and on).
As a nation, we are still reeling from the Las Vegas blood-bath.
Many struggle in the aftermath of a brutal hurricane season across the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
In spite of all of this confusion and evil, as Christians, we have neither the right nor the reason to grow weary or faint. The Scriptures are endless in assurances for us . . . that as we journey through this world we are merely pilgrims in search of that bright city. Just as the Lord led the Old Testament saints in search of the Promised Land, today He leads us toward that special dwelling place called Heaven. In John 14, Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for us and that He would return for us and then take us there to live with Him forever. From that we can conclude that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people . . . and all of this is somehow preparatory for our life in Heaven.
In Romans 8:31, the Apostle Paul asks a profound question: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Paul begins the 8th chapter of Romans declaring that “there is now, therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ” . . . that Believers have been set free and are now “joint-heirs” with Christ, and he concludes with “what shall separate us from the love of God . . . nothing” . . . and then right in the middle of it all (vs 28) he assures us that God is working it all out for good “according to His purposes.”
The world is a troubled and perplexing place, but we are encouraged to look beyond the confusion and know that there is glory out ahead!