Scary Times and God’s Promise
I’m scared. Maybe you are too. Earthquakes. Hurricanes (powerful hurricanes back-to-back-back). And now, threats of nuclear bombs and war. I’m not saying these are signs of the end of the world … but, sometimes you have to wonder.
These are frightening times. Events spin around us for which we have no control. The emerging fear are the words between Washington and North Korea which only escalate tensions – with unknown ends. Maybe, if you lived through the Cuban Missile crisis and the Cold War today’s nuclear threat pales in comparison. Yet still, it’s disconcerting.
“4 Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” (Matthew 24:4-8 NRSV)
Matthew 24 has, for centuries, been used to show ‘proof’ that the end is near, Jesus is coming soon and we should be prepared. Obviously, none of these end time predictions have come true. Yet, we still don’t know if now is the time or not. Whether this may be true – the more powerful reality is that our own death is far more certain than any other worldly events.
“38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NRSV)
Wow! Nothing can separate us from God’s Love. Powerful! Uplifting! Comforting! Especially in times of uncertainty, God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord will never waver, it cannot be removed from us. That is the promise for us to hold on too. This is what will counter any fear or uncertainty we may face.
Yes, I’m scared. But, far more comforted by God’s never-failing love. In Jesus’ name … Amen. Pastor