God’s wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth; all come to us. Perhaps this is why (in part) Peter writes: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, While it is comforting to know that Jesus is with us in these dark days, it is important to recognize that the certainty of His promise in Matthew 28, is rooted in an attribute we call “covenant love and faithfulness”.
“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression that purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in “uninteresting times” of peace and tranquility than in “interesting” ones, which are usually times of trouble.[i]
No one can argue that our generation certainly lives in “interesting times”! From Covid 19 to efforts to defund the police, from geo-political unrest to the death of truth in the media, from what appears to be an insurmountable national debt to an election season that promises to end in more civil unrest; we find ourselves living in a chaotic and uncertain world. Where does a believer find peace? A partial list includes:
- the omnipotence and justice of God
- the certainty that Christ will restrain and conquer all his and our enemies[ii]
- Christ’s promise to build his church[iii]
There is more. Just prior to His ascension, Jesus makes a wonderful promise: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”[iv]