Just Passing Through

This world is not my home I'm just a passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore.*
Another year has gone by and we have rolled over into 2013. This past year was filled with good use of time God gave me with writing projects and many hours of discipleship and teaching.  I must confess though, I spent too much time in 2012 entwined in the affairs of this world. I devoted far too many hours to political things and affairs of the world when the hours would have been better spent on spiritual pursuits. When I think of all the hours I spent following primary elections and candidates I am filled with regret. 

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 (NASB)

I was reminded just last night as I despaired over current events that this world is not my home. Once again I needed a stern reminder that planet Earth is a stopping place and a preparatory class for eternity. 

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world. 1 Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)

There is no doubt the condition of the world is dire, more so than any time in history. This is the planned and purposeful intention of God who means to bring good out of all this evil. I was reminded (again) that He has all of this in His hand. 

The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. Psalm 24:1 (NASB) 

Nothing is going on here that He is not in control of. 

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Daniel 2:21 (ESV) 

These words are a great comfort to me today. If you are like me and tend to become sorrowful over the state of things around you then please allow me to give you the same counsel I am taking myself.  Turn off the television, throw away your paper and get out your Bible. Listen to good preaching, pray and meditate on Scripture. Remind yourself of God’s promises and do not fear the future.

He promises to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy (Jude 1:24).

My prayer for 2013 is that God would be glorified in His people.