Some expect the world to get better and better until the Kingdom of God is proclaimed on earth. Since this theory is without Biblical foundation, it will never see fulfillment. Instead, the world will continue to witness falling moral codes, increased violence and rising cultic activity. As Paul wrote: “…the mystery of iniquity doth already work.”
Though the immediate future is cloudy, the Christian who understands His Bible is filled with optimism. He is the only person who knows that hope will not be disappointed. While the dreams of world planners crumble in the persistent pressure of the last days, he sees beyond the travail of this hour to the triumph of the Lord’s return.
The question may rise, however, about what we are to do in the face of evil. Shall we close our eyes to world needs and allow iniquity to run rampant because we intend to eventually exit planet earth? Not at all. Our responsibility is to restrain evil and to let the light of the Gospel shine through us. We are to hold forth the word of life as lights that shine in a dark place. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Have you been discouraged about accomplishing any good in such dark days? Remember, the darker the day, the more visible the light.
It’s a good day for shining!