“The Coming Kingdom of God”

We live in uncertain times which have given rise to inordinate, and at times even illogical, fear. Everything from the risk of contracting a virus whose mortality rate is infinitesimal to the threat of losing the liberties and freedoms guaranteed under our constitution have precipitated these fears. The malicious partisan discourse among our elected officials has boiled over into our streets. Not only is there rioting and looting, but wanton violence against the very people charged to protect us and preserve our civilized society. These lawless acts are unsettling, but perhaps of greater concern are the movements afoot whose purpose is to overthrow the government and replace its leaders. In our republic, these differences must be settled at the ballot box, but the ever-increasing lack of trust in our democratic system, and the growing reluctance to accept election outcomes have contributed to the unrest.
I do not paint a pretty picture, but an accurate one. People of God down through the ages have lived through worse. And they comforted themselves with the truth that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth (see Heb.10:13, 12:28), and that they were receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken. We long for that kingdom, the kingdom of God which will be established upon the earth at Christ’s return in glory (Mat.25:31-34). Jesus asked us to pray, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat.6:10). The world will be ruled in righteousness by King Jesus! Soon, perhaps very soon, we are going to see the King! What a hope in uncertain times.