We are now in an hour that we see clearly described in the Bible. I’m sure this has been going on for a while, but right now the labor pains of the earth are so intense it’s impossible to not pay attention. This morning in my Bible reading I came across this portion of scripture and knew that God wanted me to write about it…largely because a certain portion of it has been going through my mind for over a week…so reading it today confirmed…
Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. Mark 13:5-8
Current affairs can feel overwhelming, but if we remain tethered to scripture (Truth) then we will weather this storm with peace.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, I have felt uneasy. I keep hearing in my head, “There will be wars and rumors of wars.” I knew it was God speaking to me…I knew it was a word of warning. A warning to remain calm and not to jump into any certain camp on the issue. Rather…to stay steady and listen to Him. Above all else, we are always to listen to Him. We are not to be led by our emotions and an appearance of godliness…that lacks the power therein.
How many times do we have to be taught that the media lies? How long will it take for us to learn that the immediate outpour of emotional response, is usually incorrect in some way. Look to the root.
The most unfortunate part of all of this is that people are being used for advancing agendas…their very lives are being used and discarded to promote evil agendas. Russians and Ukrainians alike are being sacrificed at the altar of greed and global agendas. It’s truly sickening. It reminds me of what I’ve read of Roman behavior. A complete disregard for life and liberty…for an elitist group to grow fat on the work of those who should be reaping the reward.
God made man to live in freedom. To work the land…sow and reap…our lives were meant to mirror our relationship with God.
What do we do now? How do we walk in a time of uncertainty? How do we stomach injustice? Where do we go from here?
To the cross.
Every day and in every moment, we must cling to the cross. Jesus leads the way. Let Him. Learn from His ways. Listen to His voice. Then and only then will you know the Way.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9