We often say that we are living in the last days.
So here we are in 2021 with crises erupting around the world! Oh, my. News reports, technology and social media bring them relentlessly to our attention. Life with COVID is rough. There seems to be hardship at every turn.
But if I could dare to ask: what were we expecting? God’s Word makes it totally clear; all this comes in the end-times package. There will be a multitude of troubles in these last days. Hardships. Persecutions. Wars. Famines. Earthquakes. In fact, the days will have to be “cut short” lest we all perish (Matt 24). We are also told that the purpose of all this is to shake that which can be shaken so that only what is unshakable remains.
As much as things have been difficult, if we read between the lines, we might see that God is seeking to empower us for even more difficult days ahead. The pandemic is lasting longer than we expected (or longer than I expected). But even when it settles, the hardships are not likely to go away soon. Maybe not until our Lord returns.
I often have to ask myself what I am really longing for: an easier life on earth or an eternal weight of glory? (2 Cor 4:17)
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”