The world is changing more quickly than ever. Technology, global communications and easy travel mean that business, government and social structures are developing more and more rapidly. Some progress is remarkably positive, such as the development of medical treatments and the eradication of certain diseases. Some is less so, such as the proliferation of dangerous weapons. Damage to the environment, which arises from some of this progress, is a growing problem.
We may have heard people ask ‘what is the world coming to?’ Certainly there are real concerns about where humankind is heading.
Here is some good news. Jesus predicted that there would be a time of uncertainty, just like this, when men and women would not know which way to turn. This would occur shortly before he returned to earth.
“There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Jesus explained these were signs that he would soon return to set up the kingdom of God.
The future for the earth is not uncertain. God has told us all about it in the Bible. He created the universe, and He created the earth for people to live in. It will not be destroyed. He wants men and women to be saved, to live with Him in the kingdom to come.
This leaves the question of our personal future, and in which direction we are heading. Do we have our eyes on the prize – being welcomed by Jesus to eternal life in God’s kingdom?
“Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”.