“Don’t be troubled when you hear the noise of battles close by and news of battles far away. Such things must happen, but they do not mean that the end has come”.
Mk 13:7 GNB
Some people are obsessed with the game of working out when the end of the world will come. One large religious movement has often told its followers when the end will come. When it doesn’t, they just go back to the drawing boards and put the date back a decade or two. At least they are honest enough to admit their mistakes! Most of the people who indulge in this game are cranks. You can ignore their predictions.
Anything that happens is taken by these people to be “a sign of the times”. But then the things that do happen are always – well at least often – happening. Wars and rumours of wars are normal. So are eclipses of the moon and sun. And whilst a few nut-brains go crazy over this or that, the world goes on its way, eating, sleeping, begetting children, fighting, inventing, with this crisis and that, solving problems and surviving. There used to be a line of a poem that went, “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world”. He is – and it is!
Nevertheless, the Bible does prepare us for an uncertain future. It does not say that “Nothing ever changes”. It says God can and does intervene to change things, to bring new out of the old, to make things better, more complete, and whole. He is a God of surprises who keeps us guessing, waiting, wondering, praying – and thinking. He wants us to have faith in him and in his ordering of the world.
Lord, give me a calm unruffled faith in you and your working.