“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 NKJV
The urge in these uncertain times is to begin to race about looking for some advantage, some way of benefitting in time of great trouble. There are those, I will call chaos exploiters, who seek to get rich in the face of the troubles of others. They have no idea what is coming in these perilous times, for all that we currently know will be done away with.
For there is no promise of tomorrow, for even now there are those who are meeting eternity, having run out of time. I tell you the truth, there was a time when I would be one running to and from looking for a fix for the problems in my life. I always thought I could find some way of manipulating the circumstances in my favor.
When I became a Christian, I found that the Lord became my opposition, for as I sought to manipulate situations, often to avoid trouble, He would exercise His sovereign will, making sure that there was no escape and that I would have to face the consequences of my actions.
There are many things that will come to pass in the coming months, as the Lord prepares the soil for the great harvest to come. In the midst of this, let us be still and know that the Lord is God.
“Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works. All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
Psalms 86:8-11 NKJV
Let us be confident in the knowledge that our God will be with us, accompanying us very step of the way. We are not like those around us who do not know Him, for we know that the Lord is our help.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”
Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV
The Lord Jesus has given us a mission: to go and spread the Gospel. We are to go and tell, alerting people to this God/Man who came to take on our sin, to die in our place, that we be forgiven.
Lest we forget:
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.”
I Corinthians 15:1-8 NKJV
As this world goes through its inevitable contortions and shudders, may we as followers of Jesus, stand as steadfast reminders that all of this is according to God’s plan. None of what is to come has caught the Lord by surprise, for He has given us His word, the Bible, as a document, unchanging and ceaselessly relevant.
We know all these things are to come to pass, and furthermore, we know what is to come after that. Because of this we are a people with great peace, able to be still and know that God is in charge.
Brothers and sisters, it will seem as if we are an island surrounded by raging river, but we have the confidence in knowing that our shorelines are established by God and will not erode.
“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Psalms 46:4-7 NKJV
Let us rejoice as the news we see and hear begins to seem dire, for we know that as things seem to getting worse and worse, they are actually getting better and better, for we know that we nearing the time when our Lord will return.
We can look forward to the time when our Lord will be exalted in all the earth, and all those who have responded to the Lord by faith will be gathered all together in the Bride, as we stand on the New Earth, day one.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.”
Revelation 21:1-6 NKJV
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Oh how I love Psalms 46 and 86! Thank you Bernie. Will you please pray for me, as I have been asked to do a podcast with Our high school Director this evening at 5 PM? Will you ask the Lord to help me track the conversation, well and biblically, and bring me a quick recall, for the lords sake?
This is a job that you would be much better suited at, with your brilliant mind. Thank you so much for your faithfulness, like Tychicus to the apostle Paul, in Ephesians 6:21–23. This was the focus of the sermon on Sunday, it is the focus for our podcast to Saylorville Church.
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I will praying that the Lord give you clarity.
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The end of Revelation 21 makes me think of the woman at the well in John four.
“Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!”