If I were just going to believe everything I hear on the news and be influenced on how to live out my life from that perspective, I could easily be one who would become confused, disheartened and hopeless. It seems like each week when I sit down to write this column, things have gone from bad to worse as far as what the news sources are telling us. Good news is not highlighted in most of the outlets for information that many of us rely upon to keep us up on current events.
I am so grateful that I have kept myself anchored in and upon the Word of God and have surrounded myself with likeminded believers. I cannot imagine trying to go through these times without the encouragement that I receive from others who have also made the Word of God our highest source of truth and consolation.
I am not certain exactly where we are on God’s end time clock, but it sure seems like it is pretty close to the final moments of this present age. All of the prophecies concerning the ends of this age seem to be rapidly be manifesting in these days. When many mature men and women of God began to state at the end of last year and the beginning of 2020, that we were entering a new era and that everything (literally) would look and be different, I don’t think most of them foresaw specifically what has unfolded in the first six months of this year.
Very few people were prepared in the natural and from my observation, most of the church was not prepared spiritually. Many of those who call themselves Christians have been shaken and are reacting no differently than those who do not claim to know the Lord. I think the Lord has allowed this to happen to show us just how little we have believed and lived in the truths His Word proclaims.
It is certainly not too late to repent and change our ways, but many will not see the necessity of that until things get even worse. It is highly probable that many will still not choose to believe what the Word of God says and will never enter into that place like the early saints we read about in Hebrews 11. There is a place of peace in the midst of the worst possible storms but without a proper perspective of eternity, that will not happen. Most of us that have been in church for any length of time realize that many of the church leaders have not taught us the concepts that would have prepared us for these times. Many of us have not taken the time ourselves either nor made that a priority in our own lives.
Many of our leaders in every sphere of influence from government to economy to religion are sending out a very mixed and somewhat confusing message. Many of them have abandoned even common sense in exchange for a particular agenda or agendas that they are supporting. Most of them are deceived and have no idea that they are just pawns in the hands of a few evil people who themselves are being driven by forces and entities that have an agenda of evil intent. As I stated last week, our enemy seems to be much better organized and unified than the very ones who should be operating in the power and authority of the Kingdom of God. It is to our shame that we have not, generally speaking, been the salt and light in our communities that would never have allowed things to get to this point, if we had been aware and alert to the enemy’s plans as we should have been.
I have painted a pretty gloomy picture so far, but that is not the end of the story! Thank goodness the Word of God makes it very plain that after the shaking, when the darkness seems to be covering the earth that the church (or a remnant out of the church) will arise. Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has arisen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the whole earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and His glory shall appear upon you.” When things seem the darkest in the world, the Lord will be arising upon His people and His glory will appear upon them.
God is currently shaking everything and everyone in any area that can be shaken, but it is in order that that which cannot be shaken will remain. This shaking is preparing us for the greatest demonstration of the glory of God through His church that the world has ever seen. We are being prepared for a great Awakening which will result in a world-wide harvest of souls that will make anything that has happened in the past seem like nothing by comparison.
Allow the Lord to deal with any are of your life that does not line up with His nature and character. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a part of the solution. The Lord has much wisdom and strategy to impart to those who will represent His nature to a world that has lost its way.