by Bethany Wouters, MHS Content Manager
Anyone who reads the news will say these are the End Times. Riots, bombings, public shootings, and terrorist attacks are just a few of the terrible things that are happening today. In the past month alone police were gunned down in Palm Springs, California, a fourteen-year-old shot and killed his father and a six-year-old boy, and an outbreak of cholera in Haiti has caused over 1,000 people to die. People are being killed simply because of the color of their skin, teachers are preaching false doctrine, Christians are being mass-executed, war is breaking out between nations, and Hurricane Matthew is reaping destruction across the East Coast. Our two presidential candidates are so opposing that many are refusing to vote. What a wicked and perverse world we live in!
Thanks be to God who gives us the hope of heaven and the peace to go through life without having to fear the future. Psalm 46 reads:
God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Mountains shake and are thrown into the sea, the earth melts, and the oceans roar tumultuously, yet the Lord is commanding His people to be still and to know that He is who He says He is — the Almighty Creator of everything that ever was, is, or will be. The sons of Korah write that the Lord is a very present help in trouble. He is not afar off; He’s not someone we need to call and wait on to arrive. We simply speak His name–“Jesus”–and He is there. Twice it says the Lord of hosts is with us and throughout the Bible, God reminds us, “Fear not, nor be dismayed. I will never leave you nor forsake you.” We are committing the same act as Peter did when he took his eyes off of Christ and focused the waves on which he was walking (Matthew 14:22-33). We are so consumed with the surrounding chaos, we lose sight of the One who can calm it.
The way to endure the Last Days? Be still, and know that He is God. Know that He is sovereign, that He has everything cradled in the palm of His hands, and that nothing happens without His permission. Instead of being anxious about what the future holds, we should trust that God knows what He’s doing and use this time to spread the Gospel to those in need. Take heart for He has overcome the world.