Is it fiction, or is it real?
There’s a quickening occurring and it’s got me curious.
Oh I’ve been noticing it for a couple of years now. Time speeding up … and not just because I’m getting older. But an unearthly accelerating is occurring on many fronts and I’m wondering … what’s coming?
Morals and customs have been pushed to the breaking point and soon, too soon, everything will be permissible and good if you want to do it. Truth is relative. What is my truth isn’t and doesn’t have to be your truth. It’s amazing how far we, as a society, have strayed from God’s Word – the Ultimate Truth.
Our political system appears to be out of control. Laws are broken by the elite of society with hardly a wrist-slap as punishment. Presidents can circumvent Congress to make new laws at their slightest whim and even the Supreme Court has taken up the law-making business … which isn’t their business at all. And there is no reaction, no repercussion. The world just keeps turning.
Less than 1% of children and teenagers in the world get cancer. Alternatively, advancing age is a precursor to get this and other deadly diseases and the larger the older population gets in America the more we’ll see. Yet I’ve noticed that recently so many people in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s are being diagnosed and sidelined. It seems almost every day I hear of some relatively young person who has been diagnosed with some dreadful affliction.
Persecution of Christians and Jews is at an all-time high. The nightly news seemingly can’t be aired unless there is at least one report of another terrorist attack, another push of insurgents, another bombing, stabbing, or other killing.
Never before in my existence has life seemed so disjointed.
I look around me and see people handling these happenings in many different ways, not any of which are particularly useful. There’s the head-in-the-sanders, the I’ll-just-binge-watch-another-zombie-moviers, tons of shoulder-shruggers, (say that 5 times fast!) and an indignant remnant who want to make life ‘right’ again but honestly don’t know how to begin to accomplish that.
I don’t want to scare you. Or do I?
I don’t think there’s much we mortals can do about what is happening but cling hard to Christ as the world spins out of control.
Have you read Daniel? I think we’re still waiting for the last 10% of his prophesy to be completed. What about Revelation? Reading that awesome book definitely proclaims that the writing is on the wall.
To quote Daniel 5:27 in the NIV – we’ve “been weighed on the scales and found wanting.”
What should be our response?
First and foremost, Christians must remember that nothing happens on this earth without God allowing it to occur.
I believe when we are facing individual trials, God is training us up. Testing our faith. I travel in circles with a substantial number of born-again Christians. The fact that so many Christ Followers are hearing the awful news of a cancer diagnosis, reeling from the devastation of job loss and damage to their livelihoods, even losing their homes; makes me wonder if God isn’t quickening the building of our faith to ensure those who are worthy are ready for that day when the trumpet is sounded.
But when we’re faced with national trials, perhaps God is judging us corporately. All too frequently in the Bible, God allows wayward and stiff-necked nations to go to their own ruin.
Regrettably, it seems to be happening here. People may want to blame God for what is happening, but how can they? They simply don’t want to take responsibility for their part in the play. It’s so much easier to point a finger at and blame a God you don’t even believe in.
While I was contemplating this post, God sent me into 2 Thessalonians 1:4-10 (HCSB). What I found there was both comforting and chilling.
“Therefore, we ourselves boast about you among God’s churches — about your endurance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions you endure. It is a clear evidence of God’s righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you also are suffering, since it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you and to reward with rest you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels, taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength in that day when He comes to be glorified by His saints and to be admired by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed.”
Individual trials and/or nationwide tribulation, we can rest assured that this is by God. How? Remember – nothing is done without His permission. Not by Satan, not by demons, not by unbelievers, nor even by believers.
He is on the throne and in control.
That is what we are to take hold of, Christian.
He is the Creator, our Judge, our Father, and our Savior. He is faithful. He is loving.
And above all … He reigns.