3rd August 2013

Everything’s Going to Be Alright 

‎“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Luke 12:32 (NKJV) 

Every morning as I drive into work, I pass the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, and most mornings I look up as I pass to see the iconic art installation, Work No. 975 by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed.  To be honest, it’s hard to miss; a giant neon sign mounted across the façade of the building, telling all who pass by that, “Everything is Going to be Alright.”

I like it so much I have a photograph of it on the desktop of my office computer.  Partly because I’m an optimist at heart but mainly because I believe that its message resonates with what God tells us in the Bible.

Revelation 21:4 (NIV) says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 

Another well known passage in Isaiah tells us: “The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:7-9 NIV)  

Many other scriptures point to a wonderful future, not just for a few lucky individuals, but for all of humanity.Yet, for now, the world can often seem a dark, dangerous and depressing place and at times we can find our minds preying on the negative.  But just because times are tough, doesn’t mean it will always be that way.  God tells us better times are ahead and when they come, they’ll be here to stay. 

As Best Exotic Marigold Hotel owner, Sonny Kapoor, says in the movie of the same name, “Everything will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright, it’s not yet the end.” 

Prayer
Father you know the end from the beginning and you have prepared an unbelievable future for all who believe in you and the salvation you have given us through your Son Jesus.  Thank you that you don’t give us these things grudgingly, it is your pleasure to do so. In Jesus Christ’s name.
Amen
 

Study by Peter Mill

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sep1About the Author:
Peter Mill is an Elder and Pastoral Council member of the Edinburgh Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.  This week he and his wife, Jackie, are teaching Christian Living at our SEP Summer Youth Camp on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland where over 100 teens are enjoying activities such as sailing, football, leatherwork and Christian Living.  The camp is staffed by volunteers who care about youth and help them to see Christianity in action for two weeks each summer.  Have a look at the website www.sepuk.org.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EDINBURGH
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Phone: 01506-845725
Email: peter_mill@wcg.org.uk

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