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The Fear That Is Wisdom

Disaster and destruction follows disaster and destruction in the world we live in, hurricane upon hurricane, earthquake upon earthquake, and wildfire upon wildfire. The news also carries stories of the tensions between nations and the dangers of nuclear proliferation or attack. We wonder when the terrorists will strike again. We wonder when the war in Syria will finally end.  Anxiety and fear are rampant.

Jesus teaches His disciples what signs will signal the end times and His return. (See Matthew 24)  He tells of unequaled distress on earth, such distress that all would die, if those days were not shortened. He tells of the sun being darkened and the moon not giving its light. He warns of a day during that historic, monumental distress, a day that no one but His father knows. On that day, He will come on the clouds in the sky with great glory and all those who have believed in Him will be caught up with Him to escape the horrors of earth.  “…That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” Does this teaching inspire fear?  It well ought.

We learn in Psalm 111:10 that: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  Let fear send you running to God to learn how to escape His just judgment on mankind. John Newton’s ageless hymn, Amazing Grace, says, “Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace my fears relieved.”

God is Love.  Love is warning us, and Love is reminding us that He has made a way of escape.  All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  All of us are unclean and powerless before the Mighty God of the Universe.  See a man upon a cross.  His name is Jesus, the Son of God, the Lamb of God.  His shed blood can wash away your sin and make you clean.  Believe in Him.

Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;  the end of fear is love.  The apostle John tells us in I John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

When Love Incarnate, Jesus Christ, washes us clean, we are relieved of fear.  For those of us who have believed in that love, we listen to the news and watch the times with a growing sense that our Lord’s return is closer than when we first believed.  We are comforted knowing the day is coming when there will be no more sorrow and no more tears.  The One who gave Himself for us will dry away our final tears as He welcomes us home to be with Him forever.

Be afraid; it’s right and appropriate. But don’t stop at fear; go on to Love.  Run to Him. Now. Don’t slow down and don’t stop until you are safe in His arms.

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Doing Business

World affairs are more volatile and alarming each day.   Death and destruction increase, and I can barely stand watching the news.  My heart breaks.  As a Christian, I follow the news and  try to understand the times I live in, from the viewpoint of Scripture.

The disciples asked Jesus: “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”  The entire chapter of Matthew 24 was His answer to their question.  He told them in verse 42, “Therefore keep watch.”

So I keep watch and I look for the signs.  The times and signs tell me that Jesus is coming soon to remove His church from the world before a time of great suffering and judgement.  People often ponder how they would live, if they knew today was their last day.  As a child of the King, I ponder how I should live, if the Lord Jesus is soon going to remove me from this world and meet me and His church in the clouds.

He answers me, “Do business till I come.” (Luke 19:13New King James Version)  I ask, “What business.”  He answers me indirectly by being my example:  “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 New King James Version)   So I am to spend these days awaiting my imminent departure doing my Father’s business.

Since the parable in Luke 19 talks of talents we are given to do the Father’s business until our Lord returns, I am taking inventory of my talents and praying for wisdom on how to best invest them for eternal returns.  It seems to be an urgent task, in light of today’s current events.  What do you think?

Heavenly Father,  give me wisdom, strength, and perseverance to keep doing business until my Lord Jesus meets me in the clouds.   

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