These are fearsome days…
If you have watched the news over the past few months you will notice that something is happening and it’s rippling across the globe.
Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear melt-down in Japan.
Riots in Cairo.
Financial worries at home.
Wars erupting all around us.
The cascade effect, the discontent from every country and quarter has erupted because of frustrations over work, food, governments and religions. Chaos is erupting everywhere. It’s unnerving.
Fear is natural. What’s next? What will happen to us? What are we supposed to do in times like these? Times when we have no real understanding as to the “why” and all we really want is answers.
Is the world coming to an end?
Questions arise when fearsome things happen.
Now I don’t know the answers why things like this happen. I know that they have been going on since the beginning of time. Disasters and upheaval both natural and man-made. Throughout the ages God has allowed these type of things to happen. It is not for me to question.
I think that during these times we have to remain confident that God is indeed in control.
This morning, as I read in Isaiah, I came to a statement repeated twice with two different reasons for the instruction. In Scripture, it always catches my attention when something is repeated. Here are the words from God spoken through Isaiah, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine!” And then again the prophet declares, “Do not fear, for I am with you.”
The chapter continues with amazing and encouraging words for Israel and for us. The chapter is Isaiah 43 if you want to read it for yourself, but these two invitations caught my attention because of the opening words, “do not fear…”
In this short passage God gives two reasons not to fear:
1. I have redeemed you.
2. I am with you.
In these two statements are the reasons we don’t need to fear. God’s redemption and God’s presence are the reasons we need to trust God and understand that He is control. In the midst of difficult days, the reassurance of God’s redemption for the future and His presence in our lives will sustain us during the trials at hand. Do not fear because our today’s and tomorrow’s are all taken care of. God is with us and is leading us into the days ahead holding our hand as we walk each step.
The Bible is clear about what is going to happen in the end times. I am not one to make predictions. There are those who are predicting the end of times and say that they know the exact date upon which Jesus Christ will return. However, I will not go there, mainly because I believe that Jesus Christ could come back at any time…maybe even today. Are you ready?
I think these ripples of chaos are only the first glimpses of what is to come. When you see all that is coming don’t fear or panic….instead look up. The Lord’s coming is closer than it has ever been.