High winds whipping palm trees over, debris flying through the air, water pouring in from every angle, these are just a few of the captivating images I’ve seen through the news coverage. Another hurricane, uncontrolled wildfires, tensions between countries, earthquakes and more murders, we may start to think to ourselves, what the heck is going on?
I don’t know about you but I feel helpless, hopeless and like evil is coming closer.
Are we surprised about the hardship?
God warns us when we choose to wander from Him; He lets us experience the result of our decisions. We also struggle with evil apart from Him.
No wonder anxiety and depression are on the rise when we choose to live a life apart from our Creator.
A Wake-Up Call
God is sending us wake up calls in the midst of these natural disasters and tyrants wielding their power.
Unfortunately, these attention-grabbing disasters aren’t anywhere close to the destruction that will happen when the world ends. God will destroy all evil, end pain and suffering here on Earth.
Here it is point blank; the fork at the road: will you choose to believe in God or will you turn your back on Him?
The reality is once the end happens and God arrives and starts to judge us about our life, it’s too late to make a different choice. Choose wisely, choose with an eternal focus.
Where are you going to be? Banished to suffering, pain and eternal misery?
I’ve heard it many times:
My God isn’t mean and hateful, and he wouldn’t do this
God is love, so he actually won’t send people to Hell.
How I wish this were true as I think about family members, friends and neighbors, the Bible tells us we will face judgment.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not proud of some of the things I’ve done in my past. I’m sure I’m overlooking some of the terrible things.
When I accepted Christ into my heart and asked for His forgiveness, all those mistakes and bad things disappeared from my record. My past sins are erased, and God doesn’t hold them against me any longer.
Restoration: a return of something to a former, original, normal, or unimpaired condition (dictionary.com).
God has restored me to the perfect image He created at the beginning of the world. He has also restored me to a right relationship with Him.
Through repentance, we find restoration.
With faith, we find redemption.
With God, we have reassurance.
(2 Corinthians 5:10, NLT).
10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
God is waiting
Here’s the thing, God has given us time to turn to Him. He has sent each of us nudges and promptings along our life’s walk to return to Him.
When parents allow their children to suffer the natural consequences of defiant decisions, those kids might call their parents mean. In reality, parents grant kids decision- making, so they can grow and mature. It’s all an act of love on a parent’s part, and it’s the same way with God,
Finally, He lets us deal with the consequences of our choices. The problem is when the evil in the world mixes with our own decisions apart from God, we get an intermixing of some real hard times. His Word tells us what to do and how to live it out so if we turn from Him, we do life alone.
The Biggest Decision of Your Life
Now, this doesn’t mean when we ask God into our hearts, evil will disappear, or we won’t expect hard times because God has promised we will. However, we can find peace, purpose, and joy through anything when we’re leaning and trusting in Him.
God tells us in His word that the future joy we experience will be greater than any of the hardships we’ve endured.
This is the biggest choice of your life.
Tomorrow could be too late. Who are you choosing?
A life with God or a life alone?
The world right now is scary and unstable. None of us our safe living on planet Earth, but those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior have inner peace. Regardless of what happens to us, we know when we meet death, we will be with our Savior.
The end times are drawing near, can you hear the alarm?
How will you spend the rest of your time here on Earth, in peace and certainty?
(Romans 8:18-19, NLT).
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven. ~Billy Graham