But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2 Peter 3: 13

 

Waiting is a natural part of life. Some of us are better at it than are others. Some things are worth waiting for, too. These would include opening gifts on a special day, a long planned vacation, and God’s provision of a special person to share life with. Other waits such as that endless time in the lobby of a dentist’s office and sitting in your car on the side of the road while the police officer is writing out the ticket are less rewarding. All of us need to patiently hang in there while time makes its slow journey through our days. However, for people who know God, it seems that the hardest waiting of all is filled with the daily struggle of living in a world that is desperately broken and where vicious evil does its work.

 

We want the Lord to step in and to change it all. We can easily get caught up in the idea that there is something that I should be doing to change the way that my community, country, and our world system of governance are going. Perhaps if I prayed more, spoke out boldly, or stopped paying my taxes as a form of protest, then things would begin to change. People want answers that we can understand and that we can act upon. We seek to elect the right people to office; then, we are disappointed when they turn out to be filled with their own versions of the same frailty and compromise as were their predecessors. Nationalistic loyalty, what we call patriotism, takes over our hearts and influences our minds into believing that the answer to what is wrong with our world can be found in our particular nation’s heritage and system of government, if only our leaders would stay true to that foundational course.

 

Most of these ways of acting and thinking, with the exception of not paying taxes, have some merit. Yet, none of them will actually work to change the way that our world is headed. We live somewhere along the continuum of time that is the end of an age. This is a time when Satan and his evil are writhing and flailing about in their deathbed agony. God has informed us that during these days terrible things will happen. Natural and human caused calamity will pound our sensibilities with their relentless destruction and pain. The answer to it all is found in Christ alone. He has singularly defeated all of the evil of this world. Christ is risen from the death that Satan attempts to impose upon all of humanity, and Christ takes all of His own people with Him into that eternal resurrection. For now, we need to trust in God, follow His Word, and live in fearless victory over evil in our world. At this time, in these end of an age days, we are called upon by Christ to live as bearers of light who bring the glory of Christ into the darkness of despair that surrounds us. For we know that God’s promise of newness is true and we can abide in the peace of its anticipation.

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