Are you wondering if we are living in the “end times?” Will Jesus return soon? Will we live through a seven year tribulation? Will these events happen in our lifetime? How can we prepare? What can we do? How can we live courageously in a terror stricken world?
Whether we realize it or not such questions stem from our desire to know and control. We want information! And we want to use such information in order to exercise our perceived right of self-determination. But is this really the way believers in Christ are supposed to live? Are we ever really in control? The health, wealth, name it claim it preachers might says so. Such men and women preach a Gospel of manipulation as they teach others “how to put God in your debt” and make Him do your bidding. But the Scriptures never teach such nonsense. In fact, Scripture is quite clear there is only one Sovereign and He is God Most High!
In light of our lack of control and inability to be omniscient is there some way to cope with the ever changing and insecure world around us? How can a person maintain his or her sanity in a world of terror, police shootings, racism, poverty and economic fragility? The answer of course is faith in Christ. But this is no ordinary call to faith; no oversimplified church ease or religious platitude. I am talking about genuine, life altering belief and trust in God. A dependence upon the character and power of God. A confidence in His ability to do what He says He will do. A confidence in His intention to do what He says He will do. Did you get that repeated word…confidence. God intends for us to live confidently!
Remember what God said to Joshua when he took over the reigns of leadership from Moses? “Be strong and courageous!” In fact, he told Joshua to be strong and courageous multiple times. Courage was a necessity if Joshua was going to live and lead by faith and it is necessary if we are to live by faith as well. Courage means to have “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.” But in the uncertain times in which we live it is much easier to be afraid than have courage. But, our confidence and courage were never to be found in our circumstances.
Joshua looked out on a landscape in which he saw multiple nations who hated and wanted to destroy his people. There was great evil in the land on every side and God was tasking Joshua and the people of Israel to eradicate it. Such an undertaken was beyond their ability. If courage for the task was to be found in themselves or their circumstances they would soon to be cowering in a corner paralyzed with fear.
God intended Joshua and the people of his day to find their courage in the character and power of God. Such is God’s intention for believers in our day as well. This allows us to have faith; a belief and trust in God. Courage is a byproduct of faith which comes the moment we put our eyes on the object of our faith. God is calling all of us to put our eyes on Him so that we might have the courage produced by faith.
The old children’s song says, “be careful little eyes what you see” and no truer words could be spoken when it comes to our faith! Where we put our eyes is important. We must be careful where we allow our gaze to rest when it comes to the object of our faith. If our faith rests in self, others, money, circumstances or anything other than God we will lack courage produced from a genuine faith in an infinitely holy and powerful God. The only way to live in such uncertain (or any) days is through faith in God. He is our hope, shield, refuge, defender, life and salvation.
May the Lamb of God receive the reward of His suffering! Do you know Jesus? Have you turned from sin and placed faith in Him? Are you living courageously by your faith in Christ???
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