“If you aren’t worried, it’s because you aren’t paying attention!”, the cartoon said.
Certainly there has been enough bad news and warnings of all kinds of disasters that many people are fearful. And unfortunately, in many cases, some Christians are almost gleeful of tales of impending doom. Just like Jonah who was. He didn’t like the Ninevites and was all too happy to see them destroyed, and he didn’t want his prophetic proclamations to fail.
But I keep returning to what Jesus said. These words keep echoing over and over in my heart:
“…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 NASB)
We live in a time of “men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking at those things coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26 KJV).
But Jesus said in the next verse that these things would be right before His return in power and glory.
There have been terrible times on the earth before and there will be again until He comes.
But faith is looking to the Lord with peaceful confidence in His nature, His Word, His love. Faith will override emotions as we allow it to rise as we ponder Who He is and what He has said.
Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the time of solemnity set aside to forgive and seek forgiveness. Let us seek to make our hearts right with God and man now.
We want to be found in faith with hearts open to His voice and to be found in the supernatural peace that He gives.
Is your heart remaining in peace and faith or are you worried and tense about what may come?
It is time to trust in the Lord and in His love.
When troubles or impending words of doom and gloom come, I believe we need to go back to the words of Jesus.
Words of Jesus
The Scriptures are given for our instruction but also our comfort.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”
John 14:27 NASB
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
Matthew 6:25-26 NASB
Brothers and sisters, His words must take pre-eminence in our hearts and minds without worrying about the future.
May He find faith in the earth!