When God removes His peace, no matter how much men might try to manufacture it or otherwise politic their way to peaceful resolutions, it becomes impossible. Wherever one might look nowadays, there seems to be unrest, threats of wars, rumors of wars, and yes, even outright war.
It’s surreal to see everything Jesus said would usher in the beginning of sorrows coming to pass, yet many still refuse to remove their heads from the sand and acknowledge the time and season they are living in. The many I am referring to are not the Godless, or those who do not profess Jesus, but those who warm pews every Sunday, and bring string beans to the potluck, and even step in for the senior usher when he’s off hunting or at home with the flu.
I understand it. Believe me I do. To acknowledge that we are living in the last days would be to irrevocably shatter the illusion and expose the lies we’ve been telling ourselves for years on end. To acknowledge that we are living in the last days is to come to terms with the reality that every second is now a precious commodity, for if Jesus was right concerning the events of these last days then He was likewise right about night soon descending when no man will be able to work.
Cynical as the following may sound to some, I think what’s scaring a vast majority most about the times we’re living in is that they won’t be able to put off repentance for much longer.
There comes a time in every individual’s life wherein they have to make a choice and stop straddling the fence. Although some have made a career out of fence straddling, and others more enterprising folks a doctrine and a belief system, we can get away with the childish foolishness only as long as a semblance of civility still abounds. At a certain point reality becomes so vivid that ignoring it becomes impossible, and men are forced to make a choice.
It has become nigh undeniable that the inmates are running the asylum, and with each victory they become more emboldened in their attempt to stifle the followers of Christ, and do away with the very memory of Him.
As I’ve said before, one of the worst things God can do to a nation and a people, is to leave them to the desires of their heart, and allow them to pursue their appetites unhindered. Though the world waxes worse, we as children of God are neither absolved nor exonerated of the responsibility to be lights in the darkness, and faithful proclaimers of truth. Yes, with each passing day the chance that we will suffer persecution because we stand for truth multiplies exponentially, but it’s something the Bible warns of, and something we ought to have made our peace with long ago.
If there is a silver lining in all the global turmoil, upheaval, war, uncertainty and violence, is that men will have to choose a side, and stand. The halfhearted, the uncommitted, the duplicitous or the lukewarm will fall by the wayside like so much chaff, and what remains when the fire has come and gone, is the pure and spotless bride that stands ready to shine gloriously, and do great exploits through Christ, and in His authority.
The world is about to get much darker, and we will need the peace only Christ can grant more than ever before. In Christ there is no fear for tomorrow, there is no uncertainty or distress, because we are in Him, sheltered, kept, and protected from all harm.
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.