I’m writing some “bank blogs.” Isn’t that a cool term? It basically means writing columns in advance and putting them in a “bank” to be used later. So, here I am in early June writing some blogs that will appear in July.
On the one hand, it’s a risky thing to do because I don’t know what July’s headlines will look like. In other words, I don’t know what will be most pressing on the minds of those who read these things. It could be anything from how the Mets or Yankees are doing to how the world is doing. By July, we could be either enthralled or depressed by all the posturing and pontificating we can expect from all the 2016 presidential candidates. Or, we could be frightened by some new global crisis. There could be a new Ebola scare. Certainly we can count on ISIS doing something evil … or Putin … or North Korea. There could be additional violence or unrest on American streets. Or (since I still believe in miracles), maybe something really good will happen. Iraq could regain control of its cities, or Iran could decide it’s not interested in nuclear weapons, or Syria’s leadership could begin treating its people fairly, or Netanyahu and Hamas could begin constructive conversations, or the Midwest might be spared of further tornadoes, or the global economy could take a healthy upswing, or Duke could sign five seven-footers for next year’s basketball season.
The point is that we do not know what the future holds … but, to quote a familiar cliché, we do know Who holds the future. Can we anticipate problems of some sort in the future, whether that be weeks down the road or decades? Of course. Jesus said, “There will be wars and rumors of wars.” In this world, there will be pain and suffering and inequity and sadness and problems. But, He also said, “Fear not, for I have overcome the world.” And that’s what makes writing a Christian blog a month in advance a little less risky. According to Christ, no mater what the headlines say and no matter what the world throws our way, He is still in control. And ultimately, His victory has already been won. Until that day when time on earth is concluded, the highway of mortality may still twist and wind and occasionally be splashed with blood. But ultimately we know where the road leads and Who walks along it with us. Tyrants and evil forces will come, and they will go. And once they are gone, Christ and His people will remain. The victory is already won.
Meanwhile, of course, to quote Fosdick, we pray for wisdom and courage “for the living of these days” (from God of Grace and God of Glory). And we find that most often in the presence of Christ walking with us on the road to our own personal Emmaus. So, whatever is going on in our world or in your life when you read this, take heart. Jesus is with you day by day, step by step, and He will not leave you alone.