Today's scripture focus passage: Luke 21:9-11 -
"When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven."I will confess: I forgot about this post until late yesterday afternoon and just didn't have the time to spend on it like I usually do.
I am always a little conflicted by passages like this. On the one hand, it's reassuring. God is in control and the bad things that happen? Part of the plan. But on the other hand, it scares me to know that it will get worse before it gets better. I can't help but fear for my children and grandchildren and their futures; realizing how much more depraved society will be and become over their lifetimes. It's already deteriorated so much during my own life to this point.
And yet Jesus tells us here, "DO NOT BE TERRIFIED"!
It's hard not to be fearful when you read the newspaper or watch news on TV. It's never good news. Atrocities that were only in the far reaches of a few wild and twisted imaginations back when I was a child now actually happen, and with frightening regularity. The moral fabric of our society is unraveling at lightning speed. Reports of strange and devastating weather phenomena and natural disasters seem to be multiplying and indeed, insurance company reports testify to the reality of exponential increases in "act of God" claims over the last two decades.
How can we not fear the future?!
But we know who holds it. He created the heavens and earth out of nothing. He spoke, and solar systems took their places. He breathed life into dust and mankind was born. He healed the sick, made the lame to walk and the blind to see; He calmed the storm with just a word, and brought the dead back to life. And that same power holds our lives secure, no matter what happens to us in this physical life.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year reading: 1 Peter 5; Ezekiel 25-26
Monday's scripture focus passage: Luke 21:12-19