On the 11th of November at 11am it will be
exactly one hundred years since the guns went silent in the First World
War. Since then the Armistice which
ended the Great War (as it was known then) has been celebrated annually. The observation of remembering those who have
fallen in serving the country in conflict (not just the world wars, but all
wars and other conflicts involving the armed services) has become primarily
carried out on the nearest Sunday to the 11th of November, a day
called Remembrance Day. Happily this
year the two days coincide as we celebrate this centenary of peace being
declared in 1918.
It is a sad fact that many conflicts are still happening across the world even as I write this. Many nations are still at war, usually of the internal kind, but often stirred up by outside powers (look at Yemen for an example of this). And even if we aren’t involved in a specific armed conflict then we are under the threat of global terrorism which can be perpetrated just about anywhere.
If we add in the environmental timebombs of deforestation and global warming, and a potential regression into a repeat of the USA/Russian nuclear arms race, we can see that in many ways the outlook for our world isn’t good. Often times when I ask for prayer requests at the residential homes I visit, the response is something along the lines of “Isn’t the world in a mess” or “I fear for the future”. There is indeed much uncertainty and a lot of evil.
We may fear for our futures and certainly for the future world our children are going to have to inherit. The outlook for the world may well be negative and the future of it at best uncertain, but we have assurance that we are safe in God’s very capable hands, and that our outlook as redeemed sons and daughters of our heavenly Father is very good indeed; an inheritance with our God in the wonderful place He has prepared for us.
‘I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”’ (Revelation 21:3,4 NLT)