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     A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is comingPs. 37:10-13 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, we so look forward to the Day when we'll actually hear you laugh--a merriment and felicity that already fill the courts of heaven and the chambers of eternity. That will be the Day when every expression of darkness and death, evil and folly, meanness and wickedness will be gone, once and for all.

It’s hard to imagine our world devoid of every semblance of sin and brokenness, and filled to overflowing with your goodness, truth, and beauty. But you've promised that Day, and Jesu secured it. Though not as quickly as we’d like, but more certainly than we can imagine, the Day of “all things new” is coming (Rev. 21:1-5).

As this Scripture highlights, it’s not the powerful and proud who will “inherit the earth and enjoy great peace“, but “the meek.” Through the meekness of Jesus' death on the cross, we are beloved, the devil is defeated, and the grave is robbed. And now, through the gospel, we've been made co-heirs with Jesus of the new heavens and new earth, as mind-boggling and heart-astonishing as it seems.

So, Father, forgive our fearful fretting and faithless musings about life in this world. Though wickedness, crazy, and disheartening stuff seem to be increasing, may we grow in grace, experience your peace, and serve you with hope. May your joy be our strength, your sovereignty our sanity, and your timing be our schedule. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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