Here we are, halfway through 2020. It would be a drastic understatement to say that this year has been tumultuous. We’re tired of it. We’re tired of the news, the “new normal”, and the wickedness that is gripping our world on all sides. It seems that every new day brings a new reason to be fearful, outraged, or sorrowful.
Will it ever end? Will there ever be a rest from the constant reminders that we live in a world sleeping in the darkness of sin?
I feel the same weariness that many of you feel, but I want to write for a moment about the faithfulness of God.
“Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed” (Joshua 23:14).
Joshua knew better than most about how trustworthy God is. God commanded that the Hebrews march around a walled city seven times and blow trumpets to destroy it. While many might have laughed at this, Joshua trusted God and found out that God’s word is always true. No matter the circumstance Joshua found himself in as he led the fickle, careless, whiny Hebrews into Canaan, the promises God made would always come to pass.
Christian, in our lives, how many times has God failed us? How many times have we discovered that God isn’t all that He claims to be?
Not one of us has an answer.
So when God makes bold promises, we can believe Him with all our hearts.
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-5).
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:1-4).
No matter what the last half of 2020 brings, we can have that peace beyond understanding, a peace that the world can only dream of.