“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
It is a big question, isn’t it? As we approach Christmas and the end of another year we often ponder about the future and all that it might hold for us and the world.
Futurology is methodically researching where the course of events in the present might lead to in 10-, 20-, 50- or 100-years’ time. The predictions aren’t always, or rather, aren’t mostly encouraging. Climate change, COVID, unpredictable political and social conditions in various parts of the world are serious concerns for worry. Increasingly the talk is about a last chance to change course before the world would run into an unavoidable crisis. It seems very hard to alter the thinking, the habits, the needs of humanity, so basic needs for life, like clean air, sufficient water and food are becoming the primary concerns. And there are many more beside them!
Believers do take these issues seriously too! And we try as far as we can to protect and save all that can still be redeemed of God’s Creation.
The crucial difference between believers and non-believers is that believers are not only waiting for what the future holds, but we are waiting for the One Who holds the future, the Lord of All! Our key phrase is not ‘future’ but ‘ADVENT’. There is a massive difference between the two! We are waiting for the Lord of the universe, whose appearance means the end of all need, misery, lies and suffering among many other things! He will take to himself all who believe in Him and will judge all wickedness, inhumanity, injustice, and ungodliness.
We are not wating for the end of the world, we are looking forward to the beginning of something new when Christ will return in glory. At His first coming He came to offer salvation to all who believe in Him. Next he will come judging all. That’s why it is so essential that you should know Him personally as your Saviour and Lord! For we are not asking what the future holds, rather Who holds the future! For he is the one who has prepared the future for us, He who loves us and gave Himself for our salvation that we might have a future!
We are unable to resolve all or even most of the miseries of the world. But I am certain that our labour in the Lord is not in vain! The world, its future, are in good and safe hands as he is holding them. Our life has a Master overseeing it and caring for it. I find that encouraging and comforting! That’s why I live an Advent Hope every day! What about you?