Is it the End of the World?

If given our druthers, most of us would like to see a “someday” in which we retire peacefully to a lake home. It’s the American way, but probably also the Italian way, the Chilean way, and the…well, everybody way.

We are universally interested in things ending well, especially for us.

Sadly, though, that isn’t reality. Ironically, a 1937 film, “Make Way for Tomorrow,” presents an all-too-familiar ending for people just trying to make it through a difficult life. An elderly couple lose their home and have trouble landing with their children, all of whom have households that would rather not have the folks around.

The final scene is so poignant—a real tug-at-your-heart finale—that you will long remember the film.

Life really is like that, for the most part. Sure, there is still beauty, peace, comfort…but it is not so common, and always fleeting. A friend of mine has just had surgery for colon cancer and awaits his fate next week. His wife had cancer surgery a few days before. They are not old and not young, and should be having the time of their lives.

What makes them a bit different, however, is their belief in God, and His Word. In Job, we learn that God never really answers the question of why humans suffer. He does explain at length to Job that He is all-powerful and understands every situation. Job finally tells God that even if He kills him, Job will still trust Him.

That attitude is quite poignant and, I think, quite compelling. In Isaiah 65, the Lord speaks of a time in the future in which He will make all things right in the universe, and that man will dwell in peace and contentment for all eternity.

That view has its critics, but the burden of proof that it isn’t on true is on them, not me. As Paul said, I know whom I have believed.

He assures me that though this life can have its difficulties, there is a day coming when we will hurt no more.

I believe it, and I trust Him.

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