Things can only get better. That’s according to the song that D:Ream brought to the charts some years ago, and later used by Tony Blair during his electioneering in 1997. Looking at the world around us today you may doubt what the song is saying. Have things got better? Many are fearful of the effects of Brexit, and many more so the effects of coronavirus. Despite having two vaccines in use there is an air of despair. It’s hard to believe that it will ever get better.
There are many instances in the Bible where people despaired and were close to giving up hope. Could things ever get better? Here’s just one example which happened at a time when the Israelites were living in Egypt with a Pharoah (king) who despised them:
““Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.” (1)
It didn’t stop there. Pharoah also commanded that all newborn male babies were to be killed.
It was a hopeless situation, but one that God was aware of. He provided a saviour, Moses, who with God’s help led the Israelites out of Egypt. Things most certainly did get better.
Many years later the Jews were defeated by the Babylonians, and the vast majority were transported to Babylon, away from their homeland and the temple where they worshipped God. That was destroyed by the Babylonian army. Psalm 137 shows their despair at being taken from home:
“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.” (2)
Would things ever get better? Most certainly. 70 years later the Babylonian empire was over, defeated by the Medes and Persians. A new king from Persia, Cyrus, gave permission for the Jews to return home.
Will things get better for us? I can only speak for Christians because I know the answer for them. It’s a resounding yes. Jesus left this earth about 2000 years ago, but with a promise that he would one day return. Christians know that one day they will be with Jesus forever. He spoke a very clear word to his disciples: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (3)
Those who have confessed that they are sinners, who have accepted the Lord Jesus as their Saviour and committed to live for him, have a certain future filled with eternal happiness. Things most definitely will get better.
- Exodus 1:9-14
- Psalm 137:1-6
- John 14:2,3