The future will be better. This is a promise God made to the children of Israel. They had been having a bad time of late, but God promised to look after them; life would get better. God promises to be the everlasting light and that God’s greatness would be revealed to all. If God told me all this today, would I believe if I didn’t think I needed God? What a dilemma! What did Jerusalem do? The Bible does not tell us, so I went to my Interpreter’s Bible. It suggests that the Israelites believed God’s message and God’s greatness was revealed.
How about us? We know God makes promises and they are good and we should respect them, but we also know that when the promises appear too good we feel they can’t be true. But we know that we should trust God and usually we do: we know that every morning we have a new day; we trust that spring will follow winter. We know that God keeps God’s promises and that we can trust God.
Let us never forget, “God is the ruler yet.”*
* “This Is My Father’s World,” Evangelical Lutheran Worship #824
Dear God, help us look after the world you gave us. Make sure we do the things we should to keep it according to your instruction. Amen. — GS