“The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.”
Proverbs 12:5-7 NKJV
I cry a lot these days. For many men, there is great reluctance to admit such a thing, as to do so would be to admit weakness. I can say with no shame, that I relinquished my “man card”, when Jesus gave me my saint card as a born again follower.
For years, I begged for the heart and mind of God, to see as He sees, to love as He loves, and to have my heart of stone, made flesh. He has glorified Himself in granting me my desire. Unfortunately, I am finding that it is all so overwhelming. Our God mourns over the whole world, and is aware of every soul.
I cry aloud over all the things going in our world, of all the lawlessness and the powerlessness, and the lack of will to suffer the consequences of intervention. I cry out most, over the devolution of humanity. In my lowest point, when the tears no longer come, I find peace in looking through the darkness, to what is to come.
I have a hope, that cannot be diminished by what is happening around me, but the present struggles cause me to look more intently, for the light of the Son which is looming all the brighter on the horizon. Salvation in Christ has given me that hope, and urges me forward to live a life of godliness in this uncertain age.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”
Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
When I consider the struggles right before us, a world afire, I know that all that we are seeing is but foreshadowing of the times to come. I know also, that while all that is happening is reprehensible, it will get much, much worse.
I have a favorite missionary that I watch. A guilty pleasure of sorts. His name is Spencer Smith. He is a hardcore, fundamentalist, pretrib preaching, King James using baptist. He has a saying that I like.
“Things are getting real good, because things are getting real bad.”
Brothers and sisters, join me in looking through all the increasing darkness, toward the small ray of light growing brighter with each passing day. We are on a long, uncertain journey, but we know from the word the Lord has left us, and by the Holy Spirit in us, that we will arrive very soon.
Let us focus on the Lord, avoiding the tendency to fall pray to the temptations that can easily draw us away. Let us remember that the Lord is for us, constantly aware of all that we endure, and never leaving us. Even should the worse happen, and we breath our last on this side of eternity, we know our next breath will be in the presence of our Lord.
“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame. Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me. Be my strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.”
Psalms 71:1-3 NKJV