Last night, Tracey and I watched the 10.00 O’clock news and listened as one reporter after another spoke about the uncertainty we face in the weeks, months and years to come. We listened as politicians, medical advisors and business people debated the merits of another lockdown to combat the pandemic. That report was then followed by one about the environmental crisis, which I suspect is a greater catastrophe with longer lasting consequences.
There is of course some good news. Indeed, those who are following the Ridgeway Wallingford, Bible reading plan would have read it earlier in the morning. The encouragement comes from the first Chapter of Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus. In his opening words, the apostle assures them that they have received; “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms”. Isn’t that glorious? As believers we have received every spiritual blessing. Not some, not a few, not a random smattering, but every spiritual blessing “because we are united with Christ.” (Eph 1:3)
However, as Christians we still finding ourselves asking the same questions as everybody else. When will the pandemic end? Will the economy recover? And, what about the planet? Here, Paul again has something specific to say. Now, this may not tell us everything that we want to know. It does however tell us everything we need to know. In verse 10, Paul says; “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.”
Amid the uncertainty, I want to encourage you to celebrate this most glorious truth. One day, the Lord Jesus will return with power and much glory. Wrongs will be righted, justice will prevail and Heaven will be united with earth.
Therefore, like the Apostle Paul, I pray that between now and then, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, would “give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (vs 17-18)
Yours and His, Gareth