“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Matt. 24:42)

THE END OF THE WORLD is often portrayed in fictional books, television programs, and movies. The death and destruction that accompanies the end of days, according to the secular entertainment world, is very exciting. Who needs inspiration, encouragement, and motivation when we have characters like Katniss, Tris, Max, and Thomas? Dystopian apocalyptic tales seem to have replaced fairy tales in our culture.

For most of us, the end of time as depicted in Revelation is a very complicated subject. It is difficult to understand. There are many interpretations and many questions related to this section of God’s Word. However, when Jesus speaks to us, as He did during His teachings on the Mount of Olives, we are able to see a few things clearly.

We know we don’t and won’t know when Christ will come again. We know it will happen quickly. We know we must prepare and be ready for that day. And we know that we who believe in Him will have a future in heaven with our Lord. I doubt those events could be imagined by any Hollywood moviemaker.

I have enjoyed many of the recent stories depicting heroism and survival in some imagined post-apocalyptic future world, but I’m abundantly thankful that Jesus told us precisely how to avoid anxiety about the future—by trusting Him.

Make yourself ready for His arrival, not tomorrow but today.

Hally Franz is a high school guidance counselor turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.