Eating dinner the other night with a nice couple, Sharon mentioned how bad things are getting (politically), and Mr. M, our host, replied by saying, “Yes, but they will get better.”
Both of these observations are accurate, and I have to show respect to both, the one for showing a willingness to discuss difficult current events, and the other for having hope. It is vitally important to believe that things will get better and to put some focus on better times. We cannot make it there otherwise, and we cannot help others make it there.
At the same time though, and this is where it gets a bit more challenging for the messenger, things are going to get worse before they get better. To dismiss this possibility is to minimize our capacity to prepare ourselves or others for troubles to come. Exactly how bad things are going to get is hard to say, (it would take a long time as this blog would attest), but to put forth the effort, speculating on how bad it could get, without giving a considerable emphasis on how good things will get, would be an error of short-sightedness.
In 15—20—30—or 40 years the world, the remnant, the Meek Generation may be experiencing the Millennial Kingdom (MK). Suffice it to say that it is going to be exceedingly fantastic for all those who can make it there or who are born into it. We can hardly begin to imagine how much better that time may be compared to our present day, yet we should not fail to strive to imagine the early years of the MK: for to look forward to that, whether for ourselves or others, ought to be enough to give us a crutch or a walking stick of sorts, without which we might not be able to keep standing through the trouble that will precede it.
A verse I often use when trying to make the point of how important a vision for the arrival of the MK is: “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” [Psalms 27:13]
Let us not faint through times of trial and tribulation. Let us learn to look forward to a changed world, what it shall become after it can no longer sustain its current course. That does not mean we focus on God’s wrath as a means to be rid of the wickedness. His wrath only needs to be kindled a little (Psalms 2), to purge this world, and He needs not our help on that account. Let us focus on being meek, encouraging others to do the same: that they shall be inheritors of this earth (Matthew 5), at what time the wicked shall be turned to ash (Malachi 4).
Christ is soon coming to establish a kingdom on this earth, a kingdom that shall remain for a thousand years. The result is a peaceful and prosperous world, as his glory covers the earth as the waters cover the seas. The people that come forth as the Meek Generation, those whom He chooses to show mercy at His coming, they shall not know war, nor strife, nor greed, nor envy, nor wrath for many, many, many years. But the proud and the wicked shall not endure; they will be turned to ash at His coming, and they will not know peace thenceforth.
As the current wave of our errant civilization keeps gaining momentum and will continue doing so until it crashes on the rocks, so to speak, and considering that its reward is in this life and not the next, that we not only need to learn how to get out of its way as much as possible but we also need to learn to become more sympathetic to those individuals who are caught up in that wave and who seem to be adding to its momentum, either directly or indirectly, voluntarily or involuntarily.
What we can do is stop judging and we can stop looking forward to God’s wrath. Let us look forward to His mercy, for without it who could stand?
Things are bad, and they are going to get worse. But then they are going to get better. We need to prepare for trouble, and in the meanwhile look forward to deliverance. We must practice meekness a bit more often and encourage others to do so. Whether by word or by action our efforts can help when help is needed.