Desperate times are at our doorstep. For some, they are already here. The question on our minds is…
…What do we do when danger threatens us, our family and our neighbors?
Well, I can tell you that nothing tests your faith and obedience like a desperate situation. You might THINK that you know how you will react, but you won’t KNOW until it happens.
Will you keep your faith and obey God, when everything falls apart?
If you don’t know the answer to that, now is the time to make sure.
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Faith and Obedience in Desperate Times
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Last week’s article struck a chord with many of you, and I’m glad – since it certainly struck a chord with me. A deep one. That tsunami in 2011 was as unimaginable as it was unexpected. Oh, everyone in Japan knew that a tsunami was possible, but – until March 3rd, 2011 – it was just a theoretical threat.
That event encapsulates the challenge that we all have, in facing the future. We know that terrible catastrophe is coming. We can almost feel it. But, it’s hard to imagine what it will be like, or that it will be as bad as the Bible describes.
In fact, we really need to take this threat on faith and obey what our Lord told us to do in Luke 21:36:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
– Luke 21:36
There is a way to escape what is coming, but you are required to watch and pray that you would be worthy to escape. It’s hard to get my mind around the idea of being ‘worthy to escape’, and it’s an unsettling idea since I do not consider myself to be worthy. However, Luke 21:36 was not a suggestion. It was a command. So, I will do my best to pray that I am worthy to escape and worthy to stand before Jesus, when the First Resurrection arrives.
If you are a regular reader of these articles or a listener to The ShockCast, then you are doing your duty to watch. You can always do more, and I encourage you to do so, if you can. But, you are obeying a command by Jesus, and that’s the point.
Believe me that the urge to disobey will come. In fact, you probably face the urge to disobey God, every day. Your actions and your words are a testament to whether you are truly obedient. And, I have failed those tests far too often.
There are times when I have…
…used foul language.
…driven like a maniac.
…spoken and acted too harshly.
…not been patient or loving.
…run, when I needed to walk, or even wait.
And, if it seems like I am just scratching the surface of my sinfulness, you’re right. There are depths to my capacity to sin that I don’t care to go into, and I shake at the thought of what I deserve. I am NOT worthy to escape what is coming, but I will still pray that I will be.
Will preparing for catastrophe help?
Absolutely, and you need to do your best to prepare. I truly believe that the command to watch was not limited to reading your newspaper or listening to The ShockCast. We really do need to put our perceptions into action. If we SEE something, we must DO something.
Unless you are brain-dead. If that’s the case, you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.
What is the first thing that you should do?
Read your Bible and obey what it says, even if it doesn’t make sense. Lots of people like to insert exceptions to their obedience to God. In fact, we would ALL love to offer our own exceptions to our need to obey God. Think of each “Yes, but…” that goes through your mind when you see something in the Bible that you don’t want to obey.
…my country is despicable and should not be obeyed.
…the speed limit is only a reference.
…choosing to marry an unsaved woman/man isn’t THAT bad.
And, I struggled with that last one mightily, until God sent me the woman who would be Mrs. Little. Marrying an unsaved person isn’t just a sin, it’s really, really, really, REALLY stupid. I praise God that He kept me from doing that.
Will you obey God in these rather small things?
Will you do what is right, even if it hurts?
And yes, doing things right, really hurts.
For instance, I’m currently involved in some exceptionally painful events that I would rather neglect and ignore. I saw some things, and now I have to act on what I’ve seen. And, I would have had to accept the blowback that had already begun if God had not intervened with a resolution.
It is interesting how God will sometimes resolve problems, when you step forward in obedience. He won’t always do that, but He will walk with you every single time that you do.
How about you?
Are you ready to get into the practice of obeying God, so that when the difficult times come, you’ll be ready?
Remember that the residents of northeast Japan weren’t in the habit of obeying tsunami warnings, so they weren’t ready when the tsunami swept their lives away.
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I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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