The World’s Falling Apart . . . but

Are we living in the last days? That question comes up every time there’s a major disaster, like the massive hurricanes pounding the southern U.S. and outlying islands.  Financial meltdowns, marauding dictators, uncontrolled diseases – all these cause people to ask if the world is falling apart.

Is nature taking its last breaths? Is Christ’s return imminent?

We’ve been living in the ‘last days’ since Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Within that two thousand-year period plagues killed millions, madmen slaughtered innocents in droves, wars thundered across the planet. Without God’s intervention there wouldn’t be an inch of peace left on earth.

The fearful fill their basements with emergency supplies; others run for the hills and build communes where supposedly there is security and peace. People search for ‘safe’ places to hide their money and methods of controlling the weather and preventing natural disasters. Protestors claim they’re for world peace, all the while causing unrest and chaos.
Jesus spoke a lot about the end of time.

The nations and kingdoms of the earth will rise against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many places. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come (Matthew 24:7,8).

He went on to say that Christians would be hounded and tortured, sin and false prophets would increase, but in spite of this, the gospel would be preached in every nation on earth. All these things happened in the first century and continue to happen today.

“Don’t panic,” Jesus said, “for all these things must take place first.” (Luke 12:9-12)

Disturbing world events remind us that this present earth is our temporary home. The Father has built for us a permanent home where we’ll live with Him forever (John 14:2,3).
The terrible events surrounding us – in the world and in our personal lives – all these things are working together to make us ready for our forever home.

And then at last, the signal of my coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning all around the earth. And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And I shall send forth my angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they shall gather my chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Matthew 24:30,31

In view of the times, what would Jesus say to us today? He would whisper in our ears: Be faithful to Me until the end, go about the business I’ve given you, and remember this:

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid (John 14:27)

Read all of Matthew 24, Luke 12 and John 14. Let the peace Christ gives fill your mind and soul. In Him, Rose

 

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God’s Peace, a Precious Jewel

. . . and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

 

I stood and the window and prayed for peace to return. A phone call came earlier in the day. A man asking if I would fill a position in a Christian organization. They really wanted me he said. Caught off-guard I felt pressured to accept. What harm could come of it? They were believers and I a willing worker. I should have said I’d pray and think about it, but I didn’t. From the moment I accepted I felt inner turmoil, the absence of peace.
Christ deposits His peace into the heart of every believer. Circumstances may rage. Villains approach. Storms ensue. His peace endures.
We’re unaware of that peace most of the time. Unless it disappears as mine did. Then there’s a void. “Something’s wrong,” my heart shouted. His peace left when I ventured where He did not lead. When I assumed His anointing where there was none. Restlessness filled the place where peace once dwelt.
“Oh Prince of Peace, where have you gone?” I promised Him I’d call the next day and cancel my acceptance. His peace returned. I felt the joyful deposit of it.
His peace helps us discern His will. When it flies away to places unknown we can be sure of its return when we put our feet back onto the path He’s chosen for us.
Humanity will continue to demand peace, but real and lasting peace will never come until the Prince of Peace reigns the world.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart . . . “ (Colossians 3:15) “and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Peace is such a precious jewel, I would give anything for it, except truth. Matthew Henry


Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children. This is an excerpt from her devotional book in progress. Visit her website, Writing from the Heart.

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