The morning is coming.
These words are some of the most beautiful to be spoken by humans. They offer hope in the midst of night, and night is the devil’s favorite time. He loves the dark. Light exposes. Evil hates being exposed. As we go through life in a broken world, it is easy to get caught looking at our feet. It’s night, after all. One might stub a toe.
It is hard to make out the shapes in the night. Often, what we fearfully consider a boogieman is simply a coat on the back of a chair or a hat on a lampshade. Let me say, I believe there is much evil in the world. It is manifested in malnourished children. It is manifested in thirsty mothers. It is manifested in war, or in heartbreak, or in death.
But let me tell you. The morning is coming. The earth will be exposed in its light. It will be exposed for what it is. When the light hits, we will see the injustices of the world we live in. We will see what they were intended to be and how they have fallen short. We will see how sin has perverted what God made good. But most of all, we will see them restored to their former state.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing,” says Jesus.
So, cast your eyes to the horizon. The sun will light up your feet. A new day is coming. And to that, I say this: “Let your kingdom come.”
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Romans 12: 9-13
“For this commandment that I command today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it.”