Matthew 24:6And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Do these prophetic words by Jesus Christ sound eerily like the lead stories on the evening news and the headlines in daily newspapers? It would be very easy for believers in our generation to become discouraged by the continual flow of catastrophic events we read about and see each day. However, our Lord warned us that times like these were coming. He said they were events pointing to the end but the end was not yet here. There are some practical lessons we can learn: First, these events do not take God by surprise. He knew the end before time ever began. Second, nothing happens that God does allow or cause to happen. Third, as our world grows increasingly wrapped in darkness our light will shine even brighter. We must not wring our hands is fear and ask what next. We should listen to Mordecai’s message to Queen Esther; maybe God brought US to the kingdom for such a time as this. As believers we can share the hope we have in Jesus Christ with those who see their world falling apart all around them. We can allow our light to shine in the dark days that bring fear to the hearts of a lost world.