“But in those days, after that tribulation: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light; the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. He will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. (Mark 13:24-27)
We are living in the age of tribulation, the days between Jesus’ ascension and his return. To sum up, these days are filled with wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, distress and persecution. But even as great tragedies unfold, the gospel is being preached throughout the world. Then, at the time appointed by God, Jesus will return in glory! Jesus offered this word so that his disciples could keep perspective.
During your journey, there will come times when your soul will become filled with sorrow at the ongoing tragedies of the world. You will have moments when nothing around you will satisfy your longings. As you grow older, these moments of sorrow or restlessness may increase. But when this happens, remember that this world is not your home; you are a sojourner passing through. You are a resident alien whose citizenship is in another country, and your life here is temporary. It is only natural that as you grow spiritually, you should begin to yearn for your true homeland, even the homeland you have never seen. Your restlessness and yearning are signs of your true citizenship in heaven. If you are restless, remember this teaching. Remember that Jesus has promised that he is coming soon, and rejoice that today, you are one day closer.
Lord Jesus, thank you that today, I am one day closer to your return. Thank you for this teaching that brings perspective. Whenever I feel sorrow for the calamities of this world, whenever I feel empty, and nothing of this world will satisfy, remind me of my homeland and the wonderful promise of your imminent return. I await with great hope and expectation for your coming kingdom, my true homeland.