Whenever I turn on the news, it’s almost like seeing the book of Revelation played out before my eyes. Everyday I’m bombarded with the latest world drama: escalating tension in the Middle East and threats of UN economic sanctions on militant Iran and North Korea. On the homefront, increasing neighborhood violence is claiming the lives of many young people and legislators are debating Arizona’s new immigration law in court.

Clouds are billowing and we see signs of the end of time all around us. In the wake of the news, we can either retreat into burrows of fear, or we can heed the words of Christ and look up.

The future for the unbeliever is dark and grim because his hope is contingent upon the outcome of his circumstances. But the Christian can look up because life’s darkest moments are brightened by his hope in Christ.

The next time some earth-shaking news makes the headlines, don’t expect to find a message in the sky, summoning you to look up. But as current events digress from bad to worse, take Christ’s exhortation as a personal reminder to prepare for His coming. He could call us home this very moment. Are you telling others about Him? Are you striving to please Him with your life?

The news may be disheartening, but don’t look down. Don’t look at the turmoil around you. Keep looking up.

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. — Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:12)

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.