Read Isaiah 46:1–13.
On the day my first son, Jonah, was born, I asked my brother to run to the store and pick up The New York Times for me. Someday I’ll give that paper to Jonah so he can see what the world was like on the day he entered it.
Sadly, the front page features stories and images of war, scandal, abuse, and crime. The situation doesn’t get any better on the inside of the paper either. And so, rather than being a fun look at the day my son was born, that newspaper stands as a testament to this world’s brokenness.
I could look at those headlines and be filled with fear—and with good reason. If this is the way of the world today, what will it be like when Jonah is all grown up? But I am not afraid for my son because I know that newspapers and cable news shows never tell the whole story. There is something else—or rather, Someone else—at work as history moves forward.
This world may continue to spiral down into chaos, and the country I grew up in may become unrecognizable to my children—but there will be a happy ending. The One who is writing our story has already declared that though this world is broken, a new world is coming. The Bible tells us that one day, God “‘wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). Further, our Father has said, “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 NET). He can make both of these promises because He is the One who “make[s] known the end from the beginning” and the One whose “purpose will stand” (Isaiah 46:10).
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