Monday, January 1
So we’re starting on a “glorious new day.” I wish. I suppose there are a few people that believe that. Most people will at least hope for it. Some people, particularly politicians who are running for office, will try to get people to believe that we’re on the verge of utopia. Recent history doesn’t support it, nor does the Bible. The Bible says things will get much worse. 2 Tim. 3:1-5. Paul to Timothy: “. . . There will be horrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, . . .” I grant you that the world has been like that from Adam on, but Paul is saying that it will get much worse in the last days. He warns his readers not to succumb to those evil practices. And that might imply that the “last days” had already begun. Mt. 24-25 also speaks of the increasing evil that will come before Christ’s return. If you read this passage, you will not want to be around when those events take place. So I don’t really look for things to get better this year. I do believe, though, that there will be an “awakening” in the last days, perhaps as a result of all those evil events. God has ways of getting our attention. One thing certain about these last days is that God is patient and the door is still open for people to accept the gift of redemption. That’s good news.