The Lord filled Zion with justice and righteousness; he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. – Isaiah 33:5–6
Jesus said, “As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” – Matthew 10:7
These are not “God-is-in-his-heaven-and-all’s-right-with-the-world” times. Iranian nuclear fears, Russia election meddling, North Korean saber-rattling conspire against an “all’s-right-in-the-world, peaceful-easy-feeling.” Add to those global issues any personal angst, and the words of Jesus ring true in our ears: ” In the world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33).
Isaiah offers a ray of hope for people in challenging times: The Lord will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. What a refreshing assurance this is. No peace treaty; no global coalition; no miracle cure will ever deliver us completely from the turmoil of this life. But what we cannot provide for ourselves God gives by his grace.
Jesus tells his people to proclaim Good News as we go. The rule and reign of God has come. Jesus is on his throne. And he – to complete the quote above from John 16) has “overcome the world.”
God is in his heaven, but that does not mean he is not involved in the affairs of man. When we make our way through the world, and encounter people in turmoil, situations of upheaval, and evidence of Satan’s ploys, God’s people are to proclaim Good News. God rules and he is writing a story that has more chapters than the current state of affairs is revealing.
Remember when things looked their very darkest it was actually Jesus’ finest hour. His perfect faith, his unconditional love, and his unwavering obedience was earning our salvation. He was winning when it looked like all was lost.
When those “all’s right with the world” times come, thank God. But be sure of this that reality is not tied to any outward peace. It is tied to the rule and reign of God in the hearts of his people – a rule of grace, mercy, love, and peace.