Bible answers to everyday questions
Today many disturbing events are taking place in our world – economically, politically, socially, in nature, etc. For the column this week we wanted to ask the question, How can we avoid being overwhelmed by these events?
God, in His mercy, always warns us concerning future events. This is no less true of the ones just prior to Jesus’ return. In Matthew 24-25 Jesus responded to His disciples’ inquiry, “What will be the sign of your coming at the end of the age” (24:3)? While some question whether or not we are in the “end of the age,” Jesus’ council is for every age, “…he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (24:13). An intimate, unyielding relationship with Jesus calms all fears (Jn. 14:27). By it we are nerved to face troubling times (Ex. 14:13).
Matthew 24 warns that “distressing” times, “never to be equaled again,” are ahead of us (v. 21). They become so troubling, so perplexing that even God’s own people will struggle not to be deceived (vv. 22-24). During this time the devil, because he “knows his time is short” (Rev. 12:12; Jude 1:6), is raging, “seeking to devour,” to destroy as many as he can (1 Pet. 5:8). But we are assured that when we humbly “come near to God,” He will give us the ability to resist the devil’s schemes (Jm. 4:7-10).
It is when we fail to place our trust in God, when we depend on this world for our security, help and hope that we become overwhelmed by the ever increasing troubled state of affairs here. On the other hand, when we take hold of God by faith (Phil. 3:12; 2 Cor. 5:8), we are able to confidently face this world’s trials, and “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (2 Cor. 4:9; Heb. 4:14). Jesus reassures, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me” (Jn. 14:1).
Pastor Dave and Jerelyn Moench
Bowman Seventh-day Adventist Church
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