The flooding in Tennessee. The disaster in Haiti. The five o’clock news. When I look around, really look, it is hard not to believe that we are slowly approaching the end of the world. When you read the book of Revelation, and absorb all of the warning signs that prelude the “end times”, do they not sound a bit familiar to the culture that surrounds us daily? Virtually all of the signs that Jesus gave as preconditions to “the end” have been going on throughout our lifespan: wars, threats of wars, revolutions, natural disasters, famines, persecution and other predictive events.
Today’s world can be terrifying. The world of Jesus was terrifying. Every era prior to ours, and every era that will come after ours, is terrifying. How can any of us witness these tragic events and not be consumed with fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of things that could possibly be worse. Fear of what’s to come.
“When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened.” – NIV
One of the most controversial points of theology is the confusion that surrounds the end times. Scripturally speaking, God was intentionally vague in His description of what to expect. Something that is not blurred, however, is the reaction that Christians are to have in the face of uncertainty. Believers, in faith, are to look past the world of ours and focus on the coming Kingdom.
Those who are in Christ are overcomers. Those who are in Christ are victorious. Those who are in Christ have nothing to fear. Fear does battle with our faith, and there can only be one winner. When we take time to look around at the disasters that appear to surround us, let us take confidence in our alignment with the One who will prevail.
Let us feed our faith; our fears can starve to death.