We live in a violent and tumultuous world—for now. Surprisingly, it’s one of the byproducts of grace. Had God chosen to destroy every sinner at the moment of his or her sinful intent, our world would indeed be free from all the horrible headlines, but it would also be unoccupied. Instead, God graciously and mercifully provides time to bring many sinners to repentance, and this leaves us living in a prolonged period of human rebellion and suffering.
On top of that, as a consequence of the first act of rebellion in Genesis 3, as well as a reminder of our dire need, God justly imposed material rebellion and natural corruption to be interwoven into the fabric of our planet. Therefore, the immediate forecast will be an ongoing string of moral and natural disasters, which will continue to erupt around our world as we go about calling men and women to repentance and faith in Christ. As Jesus warned, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed… For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:8).
It’s doesn’t feel good to hear a “bad forecast”, but it does keep us from being demoralized while we continue to make our way toward a time and a place in which sin, violence, and suffering are a distant memory.