Do not let this happy trust in the Lord die away, no matter what happens. Remember your reward! You need to keep on patiently doing God’s will if you want him to do for you all that he has promised. His coming will not be delayed much longer. And those whose faith has made them good in God’s sight must live by faith, trusting him in everything. Otherwise, if they shrink back, God will have no pleasure in them. (Hebrews 10:35-38)
My BFF told me some prognosticators predicted some major solar flare taking out earth and the end of the world coming about a week ago. In case you haven't figured it out, it didn't happen! We are still here, and life goes on. They totally missed it! There have been these 'predictors' of the world's end for as long as I can remember - people who think they know the day and the hour when all will go up in a puff of smoke. Truth be told, no one but God himself knows when he will send his Son back to earth and things as we know it today 'come to an end'. It doesn't mean we all go up in a puff of smoke, but there will be a change in 'rulership' over this earth. Satan and his gang of thieves will be bound up, cast into the Lake of Fire, never to heard from again. Christ will rule and those who have said a resounding 'yes' to his rule in their lives will rule right alongside him. Until that time comes, we press on, doing what we know to do, celebrating his goodness, and sharing this faith we have been given.
Do God's will and let him take care of the rest. This is kind of like a life's motto for me. I could go through life fretting about this and that - all things that are clearly out of my control or even my circle of influence. There would be no sense in living that way, though, for God has ordained that his children live in peace, obedience, and surrender to his will. That is the best any of us can do as we await his return. God's kiddos aren't to live in fear, but to live victorious lives. Where his presence reigns, his peace is felt. Live by faith, feeling his goodness all around you - this is how we are to live. To fear the unknown is silly, for God is in control of even the unknown. To fear the present evil around us is worthless, for God isn't about to let one of his kiddos be overtaken by evil. Can his kiddos experience bad stuff? Yes, but it doesn't change who they are in Christ Jesus. They are power-filled, peace-indwelt, grace-embraced individuals who are cared for by the Creator God himself.
The last verse of this chapter of Hebrews: "But we're not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way." Words to live by - stick with it - stay the course - be on the path God has called you to walk. Do what he has called you to do. Be who he has made you to be. Don't quit just because the times are hard. Trust him in all things, with all things, and though all things. Those prognosticators of doom have nothing on you when you do. Just sayin!
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