Our Present Troubles

2 Corinthians 4:17 – 18 “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but; the things we cannot see will last forever.”

If we look around at the condition of our world, it is easy to become discouraged, even alarmed, at the direction our world seems to be hurtling toward.

The TV news stations are almost gleeful in describing all the terrible things taking place in world conditions.  But, when we tune in to Christian channels, we not only get the good news of what is happening in our world today; but also in bringing our thoughts back to what will be permanent in the kingdom to come.  Praise God, the travesties are only temporary as the devil is in his last death throes and would suck us in to valleys of despair.  But we must fight him off as we read the words of truth in God’s Word, and fix our eyes on our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Only God sees the whole picture and gives us glimpses of the final outcome in his Word.  Revelation 21:1-4 gives us great hope and great joy as we view the final outcome.  We read: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and earth had disappeared.  And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people!  He will live with them, and they will be his people.  God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.”

Are you ready for this glorious future?  God has made the way plain to us.  He sent his only Son to prepare the way as he took our sins into his own body there on the cross and died to sin!  But God raised him from the grave, giving him victory over death.  This gave him the power to save all who will believe in him and make him master of their life.

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