From the Pastor’s Heart
It’s obvious to even a nonchalant observer that the world is a troubled place. Chaos, confusion, and corruption prevail. Paradise has been lost.
Under cloudy skies, it’s good to remember that the sun is still shining, though we cannot see it. In a World War Two air-raid shelter in Cologne, France, someone wrote these words:
I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining; I believe in love, even when it is hidden; I believe in God, even when he is silent.
Skeptics doubt that God will ever intervene, but Christ-followers believe the future is as bright as the promises of God. Here’s one of God’s many promises—
I, God, will comfort Zion, comfort all her mounds of ruins. I’ll transform her dead ground into Eden, her moonscape into the garden of God,
A place filled with exuberance and laughter, thankful voices and melodic songs. God’s ransomed will come back, come back to Zion cheering, shouting,
Joy eternal wreathing their heads, exuberant ecstasies transporting them—and not a sign of moans or groans. Isaiah 51:3, 11 THE MESSAGE
The best that government leaders have done has not been good enough to solve the problems of the world. Broken promises, social inequities, and warring nations still break hearts.
Jesus’ return is the ultimate solution—He alone can restore paradise. Christ will reign over a brand new universe, a perfect cosmos.
This is not too good to be true—we have God’s Word it will happen. When the Almighty transforms catastrophes of earth into eternal celebration, there’ll be unending reason to shout for joy and sing His praises
God’s comfort will calm troubled hearts. His Presence will bring tranquility nothing can ever disturb.
The beauty of heaven will surpass all we’re ever seen. Earth’s sunsets, flowers, and springs are a prelude to paradise. But no painting can depict heaven’s beauty; no symphony can celebrate it; no work of philosophy or literature can capture it.
High spirits of the redeemed will never turn sour by disillusionment. Expansive liberty will cause laughter to reverberate all over glory. Grateful hymns of praise to our Savior will fill the air. Joyful melodies will echo up and down golden streets.
Justice will finally set things right in that new world God will create. God’s law will control every citizen’s heart. The King of kings will rule every nation.
Peace will fill a new earth made heavenly by the Prince of Peace. Unsettled nations will be united by the Lord of the nations. International disputes will be settled by the Wonderful Counselor.
All this will not be too good to last—the new world coming will endure forever. Humiliating bodies will be changed into glorious bodies. We can look forward to looking back on our troubles.
When paradise is restored, the party will never end.