Be of Good Cheer
Last week the supreme court rendered some decisions that discouraged many. The decisions reflect a culture that appears to be turning from God. As Isaiah said, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Is 5:20). Yet as Christians we are not to judge God by the darkness of His providences, but by the light of His word. The Psalmist tells us to rejoice because "the Lord reigns" (Ps 97:1) and the great heavenly multitude cries out, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns" (Rev 19:6). The twists and turns of providence can be confusing, but God's word declares that He is in total control of world history in general and American history in particular. He has a plan and His purpose is being fulfilled in all things. Though His judgments are too deep for us to easily or fully fathom, His word tells us that all things are working together for the eternal welfare of His people. Jesus Christ has accomplished our salvation and we are one day nearer the never-ending bliss of heaven! So in midst of difficult circumstances, let us rejoice in His reign. He sits upon the throne unruffled, unchanged and unmatched in His wisdom, glory and grace. Be of good cheer, Christian! Christ our King is coming back. He is preparing a place for us and will return to take us home. "So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith" (Gal 6:10), Do not fear, only believe (Mk 5:36).