In the last couple of weeks…
- Two family members have undergone surgery.
- A couple of close friends have learned that they are facing medical tests which could lead to life-changing or life-threatening diagnoses.
- A family member has been harassed to the point of requiring police involvement.
- Another family member has been defrauded by someone close to them and is facing difficult decisions about how to handle it.
- Another family member is dealing with physical pain that cannot be helped medically.
- A couple of close friends are dealing with adult children who are making unhealthy and unsafe relationship choices.
- A couple of friends are dealing with the possibility of imploding marriages.
And those are just the tip of the iceberg. Those are just some of the issues in my immediate circles of family and friends. There are a ton more. And that doesn’t even touch on things like the deepening divisions in our nation, the threat of war with North Korea, and a hundred other disturbing news items that I could highlight.
Where does it all end? When does it end? It feels like one one thing right after another, like one thing gets dealt with and before it’s even completely dealt with, another thing is popping up. It’s like life has become a giant, losing game of Whack-A-Mole.
How do you deal with all of that without becoming cynical, fearful, anxious, depressed – without just throwing up your hands and giving up?
Hope. We have to have hope, despite all that is happening around us.
And what reason could there be for hope?
Jesus. And…Jesus’ promise:
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:28-29 (NIV)
Did you catch that? At the renewal of all things.
The way things are now is NOT the way that they will always be.
The way your life is now is NOT the way that it will always be.
One day, all things will be renewed. Re-made. Re-created, as some Bible translations put it.
All things restored, put back as they were originally created and intended.
I know, it sounds too good to be true.
And there’s so much more there – so much deeper that we could dig into this. But that’s beyond the scope of one short blog entry.
For today, it is enough to remember that there is hope. That a day is coming – a day that Jesus called the “renewal of all things.” On that day, He will fulfill what God promised in Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV): “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”