Some scientists tell us that in less than 10 million years the earth will be unable to sustain life because the sun will be too hot. This is depressing news for those who put all their hope in this world. It means that all of humankind’s accomplishments will one day be wiped out.
For those who believe the Bible, though, this information is not surprising. We know that the earth in its present form will one day be destroyed “with fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:10). But that’s not depressing news. On the contrary, we gladly anticipate the day when our sin-marred planet will be replaced by a world “in which righteousness dwells” (v.13).
This expectation becomes for us a powerful incentive for “holy conduct and godliness” (v.11).
We also realize that our earthly lives have great significance, because through our prayers, our behavior, and our Christian witness we become partners with God as He works in the world. And one day, when He replaces our present cosmos with the perfect world, we will be given a place in our eternal home (John 14:2).
Because of our faith in Christ, we can be filled with joy and hope. The Lord wants to use our life in this world and He promises us a perfect world to come.
Our earthly sight is limited,
The future we can't see;
Let come what may, one thing we know:
Our God will faithful be. —Hess
The future is bright if Christ is your hope.