A devotional thought from Mike Cosper for “Created to Rule”
Almost every fairy tale ends the same way. The prince rescues the princess, brings her home to his kingdom, and they all live happily ever after. That ending is reflective of a deep human hope. Our world can often feel like the darkest moments of a fairy tale, where the princess is in peril and evil appears at its worst. We long to know that one day things will be set right and restored to the way they were meant to be.
The Bible tells us that one day we’ll all live happily ever after. We serve a great King and a great kingdom, and His victory over Satan, sin, and death restores us as heirs of that kingdom. In Revelation 21:4 we find: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”
It’s not a kingdom like any we’ve known or experienced. It’s a kingdom we co-lead with Christ (Rom. 8:17), received from God as heirs to all the promises He’s made to His Son (2 Cor. 1:20).
We have a reason to hope even when the news tells us otherwise. We have a reason to hope even when our own doubts seem to overwhelm. We have a reason to hope even when Satan accuses us and overwhelms us with fear and doubt. God’s promises are faithful, and He will restore all that’s been broken by sin. Our future in Christ is a glorious life spent reigning over creation in harmony with the God who made us and redeemed us.
Pause and Reflect
• How have you observed the hope for “happily ever after” in the world around you?
• Does it seem hard to believe that there’s a glorious hope for the world?
• How does this hope for restoration change the way we think about our circumstances? How does it change your view of today?