All of us recognize an elevated level of uncertainty about the future. Who can truly say whether COVID-19 will return in the fall and what the economy is going to do as we move forward? Many people seem to be hungry for a forecast of what to expect in the months to come.
I’ve been reading through the Book of Jeremiah this week and have been enthralled by his prophetic boldness in the middle of his own culture’s uncertainty. He spoke directly about what was around the bend and down the road for the Israelites and their neighboring countries. As I’ve pondered Jeremiah’s perspective, I’ve been reminded of the paralysis uncertainty is creating in our own world.
While I don’t have a proverbial crystal ball nor the corner on the prophetic market, I’ll go ahead and identify a few things we can expect for the rest of 2020. First, God is going to continue to work in both obvious and mysterious ways. His presence will persist and His hand of mercy will powerfully show His glory, reveal our sinfulness, and draw people to salvation. You can be sure of it!
Second, the world is going to still be broken as we move forward. The brokenness of the world is the result of sinfulness, and is a constant that won’t change until the Lord returns and fulfills His redemptive work. Greed, lust, selfishness, pride, and worldliness will continue to hold sway across our state and every other state in the nation. This is a certain forecast!
Third, three months from now and three months from then the name of Christ will be the only name which will be able to save a person out of this broken world. Governments may provide some relief from pandemics but only Christ can give relief to the ultimate problem of lostness in our world. No matter what happens, this is a fact upon which we can stand.
Fourth, the church will continue to exist and thrive and impact the world with the Gospel. I know this because our Lord promised that the “gates of hell shall not prevail against the church” (Matt. 16.18). Though the practices of the church may change, the power will remain the same and the potential to change the world will stay intact.
Amos admitted that he was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet (Amos 7.14). In the same way, I don’t mean to be presumptuous in these statements. However, I’m confident that these four things are going to be true three months from now, three years from now, and three decades from now if the Lord delays His return. My certainty of these promises helps me immensely to deal with the uncertainty of these days. I’m reminded of Corrie Ten Boom’s statement, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” No matter what happens, we can depend on the Lord to see us through!
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