The great shaking of the world is occurring in greater measure than ever before- at least that’s what it seems like, doesn’t it? “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be,” Jesus said in Matthew 24:37. We know that as the more Jesus Christ is brought into the world, through His people, the more oppression, persecution and darkness will try to overtake His light. “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come,” Jesus said. (Matthew 24:6)
But in reality: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecc. 1:9) Paul wrote, “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:22) Peter said, “…do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice insofar as you share in Christ’s sufferings, so that you may rejoice and be glad also in the revelation of His glory.” (1 Peter 4:12-13) All that to say this: There always has been and always will be trouble in the world of every kind until the final return of our Savior Jesus Christ. Our job? To keep shining His light into the darkness!
Stop talking about the world and its depravities and fretting over headlines and rumors like the world is doing and starting sharing what Christ has done in you.
But here is a caution for all true believers, written thousands of years ago, that is “alive and active” (Heb. 4:12) today and relevant to these difficult and uncertain times:
“For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
You should not say, “It is a conspiracy,” concerning all that this people calls a conspiracy,
neither fear their threats norbe afraid of them. Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He shall become a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many among them shall stumble and fall and be broken and be snared and be taken. Bind up the testimony; seal the law among My disciples. I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob, and I will eagerly look for Him.”
Some of the major “stumblingblocks” people of God get tripped up are conspiracy theories of the world. Are bad things out there? Yes! Are there bad people with bad intentions? Yes! Are people conspiring together to control the world, take all the money or create wars and riots? Yes! But that is not new information! Fretting about the “who” and the “what” and the “when” is a distraction from your mission to shine the light of Jesus Christ into hearts that are trapped under darkness and the sway of sin.
Stop talking about the world and its depravities and fretting over headlines and rumors like the world is doing and starting sharing what Christ has done in you. Testify of the Lord and His power, goodness, faithfulness, love and mercy. “Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Tim. 4:2) For many people, it is easier to talk about the conspiracy theories of the world than it is to talk about Christ. Why is that? It is a challenging thought, but an important one. If you find yourself talking more about the issues of the world than the Creator of the World, examine that within you and ask the Lord to help you look away from the world’s news and give the world the GOOD NEWS!
Thought for today
“Sanctify the Lord of Hosts Himself, and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He shall become a sanctuary, but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:13)
A lifestyle of worship, centered around ministry to the Lord, will create a “sanctuary” for your heart, soul, spirit and mind. While other Christians are drawn away into the fretting over headlines, and stumble and fall on the idea that God is greater than man’s conspiracies and evil, and become ensnared in the world’s way of thinking, you’ll continually walk in victory as long as your mind is fixed on Him! [Read this next: “Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus”]
Amid all the troubles, what can really be done? Nothing! You can’t add “one hair to your head” so you may as well look to the Lord at all times, the “author and finisher” of your faith. This will not be easy to do, as the world and its conspiracy theories clamor for your attention- even among your brothers and sisters in Christ! But the real conspiracy is this: “For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37)