As we enter into the final month of the year and a period of holidays and celebrations, we do so with a sense of sadness. Particularly in light of the recent bush fires around Sydney and of course how can we erase the confronting images of the aftermath of the devastating typhoons in the Philippines.
Unfortunately, natural disasters have become the norm in our world and I’m afraid it may get worse. In fact the Bible tells us that in the last days there will be earthquakes in diverse places and that the earth shall be shaken one final time. While this may be a frightening prospect, it is also an exciting one, in that it is preparing for the imminent return of Christ.
Just as Christ was born in a period of political turmoil, poverty and ecclesiastical legalism, in this age of similar conditions we can have hope that the Lord will return for his church and establish His Kingdom. We can have hope however, because the Holy Spirit is poured out already in this world and regardless of our circumstances, we always have hope. So look up and walk in the grace that God has given us and let hope give you strength.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. – Heb 6:19-20
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.