Wars and rumors of wars. Famines. Plagues. Pestilence. Earthquakes. The list of things Jesus says will unfold before He comes again are extreme. (Luke 21:7-36) Like the plot line from a horror movie the evil in the world will explode, love will grow cold, and hopelessness will be common. If the story ended there, it would be painfully tragic. Spoiler alert: the story doesn’t end here.
Ultimately just as Jesus overcame death and the grave, we will also know ultimate victory through faith in Him. Today if the news seems bleak, rejoice because Jesus has overcome the world. (John 16:33)
Here, surrounded by the love of Christ, we can rejoice always. We can pray without ceasing. We can give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)