The Kingdom Now and Not Yet, Part III
Living in the Kingdom of the now and the not yet -- the third point in the lesson from Sunday school last week was this one:
We know that no terrible circumstance has the last word. We believe that the last words will be from God, and they will be words of joy, comfort, righteousness, security and peace.For me that is a statement of faith in the kingdom that is not yet. If God hasn't had the last word, then the last word has not yet been uttered.
In the book The Will of God, Weatherhead talks about God's will in three ways. He says the intentional will of God is sometimes blocked. In those cases, the circumstantial will of God finds a way through tough situations. God's ultimate will, however, will not be thwarted. It is "God's final realization of his purposes" -- God will not be defeated, and his ultimate will for us -- redemption and reunification with God -- will happen. No circumstance can defeat his ultimate will.
In the kingdom of now -- God present -- we can find comfort in that realization -- in that trust. We are not promised that only good will be found in our lives and circumstances. We are promised that God will see us through.