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Things Will Get Worse!
September 8, 2017
Hurricanes and their attendant destruction, earthquakes in Mexico, wars in various parts of the world creating a flood of refugees, political turmoil and partisanship everywhere and a host of other problems; what’s a person  to do?
 
With the ability to watch news channels 24 hours a day and receive real time dramatic action from the other side of the globe right into our living rooms, we can vicariously experience the news as if we were right there where the events are happening.
 
All of this has the potential to arouse a lot of fear and anxiety in people’s hearts. Perhaps it’s time to reflect and to put some things in perspective. I often hear the voice of my former Bible College prof who would teach us about the place of trials and struggles in a believer’s life. In his own laconic way, he would ‘encourage’ us with the remark, “Cheer up. It will only get worse.”
 
He was, of course, reminding us of the big biblical picture. For the world, things will get worse. In fact, the Bible predicts that the world will experience world-wide trials the intensity of which has never been experienced before.
 
So much of the world is currently experiencing hardship and deprivation. All the while, we are still living in the lap of luxury. Someone has aptly said, “If God doesn’t judge North America, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.”
 
It is now getting so much easier to see how the end scenario painted in the Bible for us is plausible. Wars and rumours of wars are predicted. Pestilences and natural disasters are foretold. World governments will be inaugurated. Unusual global crises will require global solutions, global militaries, global economies and certainly global politics. It will all look very good.
 
Just when the world thinks it has its act together, and they start relaxing, the Bible says, “Sudden destruction will come upon them.”  Be assured, globally things will get worse before they get better. How is that supposed to bring the Christian comfort?
 
1. Please remember that God did not call us to a life of physical comfort and ease. He called us to take up our cross and follow Him.
 
2. It was while Paul was chained to Roman prison guards when he penned the words, “Be anxious for nothing.” He didn’t say that because he was convinced that his physical circumstances were going to improve. Quite the opposite. He said what he did because he was absolutely convinced that we have a hope that extends BEYOND our physical circumstances. If you have placed your faith in anything that war, a business downturn or disease can destroy, you are deriving your comfort and a false sense of security from a false god. We Christians MUST learn what it means to have hope based on the resurrection of Christ!
 
3. We must make Jesus Christ our focus. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” the Hebrew writer says. He endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him”. What kind of joy motivates us through our trials? What kind of hope gives us strength to endure? What quality of love keeps us going through the tough stuff?
 
I am afraid that some Christians will have no joy left once their toys are all gone. Others will have no hope once their health is taken from them. Still others cannot love unless they receive plenty of assurance that they are loved.
 
Believers, when it comes to spiritual warfare, we must deal ruthlessly with our idols, or they will rot us from within, and we will have no resistance with which to stand and endure when the real tests hit us.
 
Losing our anxiety is a must. If we cannot trust God in our Lazyboys and our luxury cars, how are we going to trust Him in the battlefield?  Cheer up. Things will get worse! Didn’t Jesus Himself say: “Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 28  When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:26&28)
 
 
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