My heart aches, and admittedly responds with indignation, as the daily headlines bring more news of God’s righteous standards being ignored, compromised, mocked, and blatantly violated. God Himself is being dismissed as a tolerant grandfather-figure who would never judge anyone for anything, rendering Him quite ineffective and irrelevant.
So I was comforted this morning as I read God’s encouragement to those who choose to truly follow Him.
“Listen to me, you who know right from wrong
you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.
For the moth will devour them as it devours clothing.
The worm will eat at them as it eats wool.
But my righteousness will last forever.
My salvation will continue from generation to generation.” Isaiah 51:7-8
Lord, give us the courage to endure the frowns of society out of our loyalty to You! We look forward to the day when You put everything to rights.
My husband and I are the delighted owners of a new painting which is now gracing our living room wall.
Not knowing much about art, I have no idea if this painting has “perspective,” but it did bring to mind a message we heard recently about how we should view our present realities of suffering and frustration, death and decay. (Romans 8:18-23)
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
The two points from which we get proper perspective are the Cross (past) and Glory (future). Then all the present, in-between stuff falls into proper place.
As the Israelites looked back on the Exodus from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea as their reference point, we look back to the Cross as our point of deliverance and identity. And as they looked beyond their wilderness wanderings to being at home in their own beautiful land, we look ahead to a home in heaven. That perspective helps me make sense of today—and tomorrow—and the next day.