Times are tough folks…I mean scary, tough! While half the world is getting destroyed, burned, and/or looted the other half is falling into a severe ethical depression which is destroying the infrastructure of the nations. It’s easy to look around, especially if you pay attention to the news, and think that we are really living during the tribulation times; that any day now the Antichrist will appear to raise an army. More and more people are looking for Jesus’ return in the clouds.
While being encourage by the return of the Lord and our entrance into Heaven is most definitely something to be excited about, sometimes the world’s events can be distracting. In that respect, we are not unlike the Israelites of the Old Testament. They were so easily distracted by what other nations were doing that it directly affected their relationship with God to the point that God had to redirect them multiple times. Sometimes He used direct action, sometimes through an intermediary, and sometimes He used His words given through a prophet or leader. In Deuteronomy Moses writes, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (31:8) The psalmist also encourages us with his words, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (46:1)
By remembering that God is present with us no matter what may be happening we can draw on His strength and not be concerned with our own strengths or weaknesses. Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (14:27) Knowing that Jesus is your Lord, your Protector, can give you the true peace that passes all understanding. By trusting in the power of God and knowing that Jesus is always watching over us we can move through this world and all its dangers without fear.
Know God, trust in Jesus, and continue to spread the Word to all who will listen!