“The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves to be home on earth.”
- Max Lucado
One of my morning devotions today had the quote above from Max Lucado. With everything that is going on in the world today, who would want to be at home here?
Can we really feel at home, especially in the USA, with North Korea and the radical Muslims wanting to eradicate us? The economy is improving, but time will tell if the American industrial complex will have enough faith in the economy growth to build more modern production equipment that is safer and more environmentally friendly. The news, while under the umbrella of giving us ‘neutral’ information, are stirring the pot with the network’s private agenda. Is there any truth in what we hear or read? This summer has been marked by record high temperatures and record low temperatures across the country. That has been followed by two massive hurricanes and more hurricanes may come.
Yet, you can study the news from other decades and see a lot of the same things.
If we focus on the world crumbling around us, we miss the one true light. If we focus on God, the world could crumble around us and it wouldn’t matter. Do we still need a strong defense? Sure. Do we still need police and fire protection? Sure. But we need leaders in government who love Jesus and aren’t afraid to speak His name. We have lost that.
One of my many beloved quotes from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.”
While we are in this world, we need to act responsibly, but within reason according to what God says in His holy scriptures.
The world will come to an end. We might save the planet for our grandchildren, but at some point, it won’t matter. The destruction of the world will come. It will come at our own hands.
Hebrews 13:14 (NIV) states, “ For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” In The Message, 1 Peter 2:11 is translated as, “ Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.”
The gospel hymn, This World is not my Home, has been recorded by a variety of people. Most attribute the original lyrics to Albert Edward Brumley, but some give Mary Reeves the credit.
The hymn starts with this verse:
This world is not my home, I’m just a-passin’ through
My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue
The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore
Many may read this and think that I am wishing the next life to come now. It may look for some as defeat. It may seem depressing, but I know what is coming. Our sin broke this present world, and the next will be perfect and eternal. In the next world, we won’t have a moon that will eventually leave earth orbit. We won’t have a sun that will collapse – a long time from now. And we won’t have the environmental problems that have been brought on by a combination of population growth, consumerism, and greed.
No one deserved to lose everything in the recent hurricanes, as I’ve heard on news reports. But no one deserved the love of God who sent His son to die for our sins. The miracle of His resurrection provides us with the hope of the next world, to be with Him.
Yet, here we sit, waiting. No! Let’s get on our feet and prepare for that next life. Let’s put God’s Love in action in our communities and in the world. And let’s rely on God to clean house inside each of us, so that we can become more like Jesus every day.