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End of Times?

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The morning news each day ignites concern and fear. Disturbing headlines from around the globe, soon become paired with anxiety and causes tension and distress. The world is a treacherous place of disrespectful language and aggressive actions. We see troubled children, confused teens, misguided parents, and dismayed grandparents. We seldom hear of nurturing Christian homes-not because they do not exist, but because they are not aligned with current popular media. The sensationalized words of leaders and heads of state bring no comfort. We fear our time in history. It is then we must remember, as David did, the Origin of our strength.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

We know God has the final perfect plan and yet we worry. We schedule our days, watch our clocks, and strive for some sense of control and order. We scour news stories and investigate reports across multiple sources. We believe we have the knowledge and discernment to determine what will happen next. We search for answers. We look for security that cannot be guaranteed. We seek a road map, a travel guide, some direction to bring us peace. It is at this moment we must turn to the True Source of all knowledge and remember:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6

We hear whispers about the End Times and read ancient Biblical prophecies which seem to be unfolding before our eyes. We know of wars and hear rumors of more wars. We see nations fight and people struggle. We see nations of displaced people. We witness repeated attacks on our own Holy Land as foretold so long ago. We worry about our country and the ability to fight off any evil. We question our weaponry. Are our weapons powerful enough for the enemy? Do we have enough in store? If needed, can our weapons find our enemies? At this time, we must remember the words Moses told his people who doubted their future:

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14

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With all the chaos, vitriol, and savage actions, we search for comfort. We crave safe keeping. We listen for reassurance. We ask for protection. We do not know what to do next. We do not know what to expect. At this moment, we should listen to the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples. He had informed them He would soon depart this world. The message was not meant to bring sorrow to the disciples. His message was meant as one of reassurance.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Yet we continue to have anxiety. It is part of our human nature. We look to the Scriptures for guidance. But we must remember, just as God told Joshua after the death of Moses, He is with us. He spoke with Joshua to provide strength and direction. His words, pointing to the future, remind us that God is with believers always- the present day and to the End of the Age.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

In Matthew, Jesus again reminds us to trust that He is with us always.

”And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.

When we hear fear provoking news, let us find peace in the words of Scripture. Let us remember that Christ has overcome the world. Lean on Him.

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