There are a lot of people saying that the days are evil and that America’s golden age is coming to an end. Sometimes, I get nervous, and wonder how to respond to what many people believe are the last days of America, and maybe the world. But we have to be careful with this stuff, here’s why…
1. We are NOT supposed to live in fear. According to 1 John 4:8, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” You and I are perfectly loved by God, and if we are in a relationship with him, we have absolutely NOTHING to fear. If you don’t know God, you are allowed to be afraid because fear is directly related to punishment. If you and I do know God and yet are afraid, we’re missing one of the most beautiful aspects of the Gospel—there’s nothing left to fear.
2. Fear is contrary to living in the power of the Holy Spirit. According to 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” If you and I are terrified about what may happen in the future, we are not living in the power of the Holy Spirit. If we were, we would not be afraid, we would be calm.
3. Even valid prophesy doesn’t include the entire picture of what’s coming. According to 1 Corinthians 13, “But where there are prophecies, they will cease…For we know in part and we prophesy in part…” Even if someone is correct in some of their predictions, they are only offering a glimpse of the story, because the best he can do is prophesy in part. That’s why Paul doesn’t tell us to put our hope in prophecy, he tells us to put our hope in the love of Christ. “Love never fails…these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” So regardless of what happens, we are loved by God, and his love never fails.
So if you or I walk away from these programs or books afraid of what’s coming, Satan has distracted us from the truth of the Gospel. Here’s the truth…
1. God promises to go before you. According to Deuteronomy 31, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” So if you’re afraid or discouraged, that is the work of Satan not God. God doesn’t want you to be afraid or discouraged, he wants you to be confident in his love for you.
2. God takes care of those who belong to him. According to Romans 8, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This doesn’t mean that life is roses all of the time, but it does mean that God uses even the worst circumstances for the good of this who belong to him.
3. If you rest in the Lord, you can’t escape God’s protection. According to Psalm 91, “‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Even Psalm 91 acknowledges that we will still experience trouble, but we can be confident that even in the midst of trouble God is with us and will deliver us.
Our job is not to figure out the future and save ourselves from pain, we are called to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5) and to do whatever God tells us to do. So if you’re like me and wondering, “what’s next?” If you’ve thought to yourself, “Wow, so-and-so is predicting some heavy stuff, what should I do about it?” The answer is actually pretty simple. Walk with the Lord, listen for His voice, and do whatever He tells you to do.
I want to leave you with this: God himself tells us in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
And if you need more encouragement, read Psalm 91 in its entirety. Click here.