DAY 6 - DECEMBER 1ST, 2018

Faith Over Fear

Rich Boutwell

But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
— Psalm 2:6-8

Wars, rumors of war, famine, and earthquakes. These are the things recorded in Matthew 24 that Jesus said would mark His return. He goes on to say that His followers would be exposed to tribulation, death, and hatred on account of His name. Sounds a bit like today, doesn’t it?

Sometimes I feel like the world is coming unglued. Not only do we constantly hear of natural disasters and atrocities committed by world leaders against the powerless, but the immutable is being turned on its head – true has become false, and right is now wrong. It seems that morality is being usurped by indifference, at best, and by evil at worst. Confusion, doubt, and uncertainty nag at us more and more when we try to answer questions that used to be no-brainers--questions about who we are, what we value, and why we do what we do.

Jesus continued in Matt. 24:12, “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” I confess to feeling this coldness in my own life. I have often felt discouraged by the heaviness of this age and by the shifting foundations that used to support me well.

Into this setting I read once again that God’s Anointed has been established on a throne, the throne, from which He will judge and rule all the nations of the earth. With this King has come a promise: that the nations will be His inheritance. He will destroy everything that opposes Him and will restore creation to its perfect state – and we are fellow heirs with Him! 

Things may seem out of control and chaotic. But our inheritance is certain--our King is on the move. Let us return our attention and affection to the King of Kings. May our hope be renewed in the Righteous One, seated on the throne, who judges the earth and makes all things new.

Question to Consider:

How can you show the love of Jesus amidst chaos?

AdventJocie Morganadvent, 2018