October 23

Psalm 46:6-11

“The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” vss. 6-7

In recent months, given the state of affairs in our world, i.e. the tensions among nations and the threat of global warming, we’ve begun to hear talk of the “last days” among some Christians. They’re convinced that these current events are the signs spoken of in scripture and a sure indicator that the end is near. Others are not so sure! According to their historical perspective there’s an ebb and flow to the events and circumstances of world affairs. It may be that climate change has exacerbated some environmental conditions and made storms larger and more frequent. And there is a lot of tension and warfare on every continent, but that’s always been the case. By some measurements the world is actually better off now than ever before. The psalmist would likely agree. Things were bad in his day, really bad, and he still dares to put his trust in God. And that’s his word to us too. When things get tough, he tells us, the God of our ancestors is still our refuge. There are many endings that await humankind in the next centuries, but there will also be many beginnings–and through everything God is in charge. Instead of cowering in fear to await the “last days” we’d be well advised to pull up our britches and get ready for an amazing future. 

Thought for the Day: What do I think about the “last days”?

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