The Best is Yet to Be
The last few days I’ve been thinking about our expectations of the future. At a national level we face economic downturn and health experts are warning of the likely return of Covid 19. On a global scale scientists are issuing ever more dire warnings of what global warming will bring in the next decades. Some are questioning the ability of our civilization to cope with future crises.
It’s important to be aware of these issues and to take them seriously (not least as we face the coming General Election). However, we also need to have our lives grounded in some abiding and sustaining hope. Hope is a Christian virtue and it flows from faith in the goodness of the Lord our God. Whatever uncertainty and suffering this life brings, we journey on in the assurance that in Christ the “the best is yet to be.” Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Ahead lies the new heavens and the new earth, ahead lies the heavenly country where our lives will be drenched in indescribable joy.
It’s important to let the light of the Christian hope irradiate our lives; it’s important to live this life in the light of eternity. The apostle Paul lived by the motto – “To me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” May this be our perspective in the midst of all the unknowns and uncertainties we face.