“In the last days perilous times shall come …” (2Tim.3:1) I imagine many generations and many people living in other countries where persecution and danger has been a way of life for generations would have already stated, “we must be in the last days.” “LastDaysitis” has been in the church for many generations, and this generation here in the U.S. is no different. How can it get much worse, you might ask? Because we have access to what is happening around the world in a matter of minutes many times, those tragic events that have been occurring for most of humanity’s existence seem much more prevalent and intense.
We are all longing for the day when Jesus comes back and brings an end to all of the chaos, calamity and evil that is seemingly overtaking us. If you were to base your total reality upon the evening news, I am not sure anyone could come to any other conclusion than to become totally hopeless with no way out of the present scenario. Many in our younger generations have already come to the conclusion to “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die” and “after all that is all there is to life.” I have nieces and nephews who feel this way, not believing in a personal God or for that fact in any god at all. Only this life counts, so make the best of it while you are here is prevalent thinking for those under 35-40 years old.
My constant prayer has been, Lord, may every day that You allow me to live here on planet earth reflect your love, your goodness, your truth, your compassion. May I not be so concerned about my own life as I am about those who do not know you or have been presented a partial picture or even a totally wrong picture of you. May I be willing to lay my life down, whether literally or sacrificially by denying myself, for the sake of others.
We are certainly in that season where “everything that can be shaken, is being shaken.” It may not even be safe to go to Walmart anymore. Going out on a Friday night to have a fun or relaxing evening could have a tragic ending. Yes, I do believe and pray daily for my angels to encamp around me and protect me but I also have come to trust the Lord enough to know that what He allows to happen in my life can always be “working together for my ultimate good” even though it appears otherwise, leaving me without explanation or understanding.
As I have shared a number of times before, there is a place of peace in the midst of the storms of life that surpasses our understanding. Someone likened it to being in the eye of a storm. If you have ever been in a hurricane or studied how they operate, you know that there is what is called the “eye of the storm.” That is a place in the midst of terrifying, deadly, destructive winds that is quiet, almost peaceful and does not do any damage. I have been in and lived through some pretty destructive storms. I have seen the damage that they can do. I have also gone outside (not for very long) in the “eye of the storm” to survey the first half of the destructive wind damage. But I have been wise enough to go back into relative safety because I knew that the second half of the storm was coming.
I am so grateful for the gospel accounts of Jesus calming the storms or even sleeping through a part of the storm. He was and is the Prince of Peace and when He spoke peace to a storm, it had to obey.
We do not know specifically what the future holds for any of us. We all have our thoughts, our beliefs and our hopes and desires, but, in reality, we must not base our peace on the circumstances we may find ourselves in. The Word promises us tribulation, tests and trials, but it also promises us that when we put our trust in the Lord, we can overcome these adverse circumstances. There were many heroes of the faith who died without seeing their promises fulling manifesting, but they died full of faith (see Hebrews 11). They trusted the One who made those promises more than the outward circumstances they were going through.
My hope and prayer is that there would be a company of believers who are really able to live in the “eye of the storm” and that others would be drawn to the Prince of Peace because they see a living testimony of one who is overcoming adverse circumstances with a supernatural peace and joy that comes from living and abiding in Jesus. He is our place of refuge, our shelter in the storm, our stronghold in the midst of our enemies.