It only takes a moment for the world as we know it to unravel. It only takes one click for pornogrophy to reek havoc on a marriage, only one pill, one drink for addiction to take control, only one doctors appointment for your life to flash before your eyes, only one inclination to change the radio station before a fatal wreck occurs, only one look for a spouse to dive into a affair, only one eye left on the stove for your home you’ve worked for years to have goes up in flames. Truth is we are all only one call, one text away from our knees.
In one moment everything can change…
This world is so broken, so out of kilter. It screams of pain and suffering. In this kind of world where in a day, in a moment, unparalleled suffering can spring at you from any direction how do we keep our hearts from becoming introverted? Our natural tendency would be to hide, to build a wall so high no pain can penetrate. To become calloused and cold. What keeps the beat of the upward march when all around us is agony and defeat?
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1, 4-5
We keep marching onward because in a moment all will be made right. In a moment all the agony and pain will be destroyed. And in that moment the hands that formed the cosmos will brush the tears off our tear stained cheeks. Never to flow again.
In a moment all the injustice, the pain, the heartbreak, the grief…every ounce of pain we have experienced will be redeemed.
“And he said to me, “It is done!” Revelation 21:6a
Before Eve took the forbidden fruit, before the serpent breathed lies, before man needed redeemed…the Redeemer was on His way to the cross. He knew as he spoke each tree, each animal, each water source into being that the prize of His creation, man, would bring the entire created world under subjection to sins curse. He knew thier perfect relationship would fall. He knew and so He set out His coarse to the cross. As He took the shame and punishment of mankind He cried out “It is finished!” At that moment redemption found humanity. Evil lost its rule and sin was swallowed up. Yet, we’re still here. We still see the effects of that fallen world. We still experience the sores of sin. Scholars explain it this way- that we as Christians live in a already-not yet salvation. Meaning we are saved, redeemed by the blood yet we haven’t received the fullness of that salvation yet.
However, In one moment we will… It will be done and the earth will be free from its chains. We will no longer be bound by these frail cloaks called bodies and the effects of the fall will have lost all its power over us.
I know this world seems like it’s spiraling out of control. I know it looks like Satan is winning, but my friends it will only take a moment and all will be made whole once again. There will be no more cancer, no more miscarriages, no more broken marriages, no more addictions, no more parents standing by a grave, no more hurricanes, no more abuse, no more Terrosit attacks…no more hungry children, no more lonely wives, no more over worked husbands. The savage effect of sin will be over. It will be done.
I know in the moment of pain it seems like it will last an eternity-but take heart- pain is fleeting. Suffering last but a second on the scales of eternity. 2 Corinthains 4:17 tells us that our momentary afflictions are working on our behalf. They are creating a glory that outweighs any pain. The best part? That glory is eternal. Our pain lasts but a moment, our glory will be forever.
while we march onward through this broken world it would be easy to let it break us. For the depravity to stain our souls. And it will if we’re not careful. Look upward, don’t focus on the moment, focus on the everlasting. For Staying faithful in an unfaithful world will not be easy. We’re tempted to grow cold with it, but may we stay warm hearted, resting in the fact that, it’s not over and it will only take a moment for all to be made right.