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A better world awaits those who trust in God

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We open the newspaper, turn on the television, listen to the radio, and we are constantly inundated with bad news.

Another person has died in an auto accident. There have been more shootings and deaths. Bombings and assassinations take place throughout the world. Our national government appears to be in chaos.

And we wonder what this world is coming to. All seems out of control, and we despair.

Matthew 24:6ff says “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.”

We may be saddened and dismayed by what is happening, but we should not be surprised.

God has told us that these things will take place.

The devil is still in control of this world, and God has allowed this to take place until that day when he brings it all to a conclusion.

The reason for this is that God wants us to trust in him and him alone. We cannot trust in ourselves, in our personal strengths and defenses, for these will always fail us.

We can trust in God because in him there is strength and the guarantee of victory, not victory in this world, but victory in his world.

But this takes place only according to his timing and direction. When Jesus died on

When Jesus died on the cross, our victory was already ensured.

He died to reconcile us to God, paying the penalty of death for our sins. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus has paid that penalty for us.

Trusting in him, believing that he died to pay the penalty for sin, we are now reconciled to God, our sins have been forgiven, and we are promised eternal life.

The day will come when we leave this sinful world. Trusting in Jesus Christ as our lord and savior gives us the assurance that we will live with him forever in his eternal home.

In the meantime, we continue living in this world with all its problems - wars and rumors of wars, shootings, droughts, corruption, evil dealings between fellow humans.

So what do we do while still in this world?

We do what God has asked us to do, to pray as instructed in Matthew 6:9ff: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (ESV version)

We are to pray for those who hate us. We are to pray for our national and local leaders. We are to pray for the strength to live in this sinful world trusting in Jesus as our lord and savior.

We are to pray for that day when God will bring this sinful world to an end and bring us to be with him for all eternity. We are to pray for those daily needs to sustain us until God calls us home. And we are to respond to the love God has shown us in Jesus Christ by loving those around us, even those we find to be unlovable.

And we are to be patient.

The end is not yet, but it will come, and we are to wait for that with patience and love, ensured that the wait will be worth the pains and anxieties that will be endured until that day.

Richard H. Snyder is a retired pastor of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.