Luke 21:9 “But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
It’s easy to get “glazed over” with all of the horrific news we hear about daily. While the whole Boston thing was unfolding last week it was easy to overlook all the other stuff that was taking place throughout the world. In Texas, a whole neighborhood was flattened by a fertilizer plant that exploded (doesn’t that sound really weird to you?). Then, shuffled away to the back pages of the newspaper (that old relic that no one reads) were the stories about the fighting that continues in Syria where thousands of Syrians are being slaughtered by their government (we thought our government was bad). Then no one even noticed that the Syrian conflict has been spilling over into Israel in the Golan Heights. Even further underneath all of the other news stories were the earthquakes in China, Mexico, and Iran. Sounds like wars, rumors of wars, and commotions to me.
Actually, these kinds of things can effect people in three basic ways. First, is the “glazed over” effect. Some people call it “the deer in headlights” look. It’s our defense mechanism kicking in, these things won’t effect me. These calamities involve other people and are not relevant to my daily life.
The second effect is being paralyzed with fear. Jesus spoke about failing hearts and this is how troubles effect many people. It’s easy to become so immersed with the troubles and and end up spending your time, energy, and resources on just surviving.
The third way these last day commotions can effect us is really the only positive alternative. These prophetic events can turn our heart and our attention heavenward. When that happens we begin to awaken to the real spiritual reality that surrounds us. This spiritual approach begins to show up in several ways in our lives.
First, we recognize that our lives are not just about this world and its problems. These commotions are actually just sign posts pointing to the glory of the coming kingdom of God. Secondly, we then begin to see and appreciate the greatest of all last day signs of the times. Peter preached on the day of Pentecost that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all mankind was a distinct sign of the last days. So as all of the acts of terrorism, wars, pestilences, and earthquakes grab the headlines, we clearly see the greater sign all around us. The Lord is pouring out His Spirit on every hungry heart. Finally, those who have eyes to see the day we live in, recognize the importance and the incredible opportunity we have to win souls to Christ. People without Christ are either afraid or are like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand. The Lord has placed some of these in your world. Maybe The Lord will give you favor to win some of these to Him. We live in a time of unprecedented spiritual opportunity, ask Him for boldness and then, just step out. You may be surprised at the response.