The Apostle Paul told us difficult times will come.
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.~2 Timothy 3:1-5
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;~Isaiah 5:20
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
At a time when our world seems to be ripping at the seams and spinning out of control, we search out a plumb line to help us square up what we see with what is true. God’s Word is our plumb line.
God’s Word is reliable. It is never wrong, and it is our source of strength and comfort. It is also our lens into the future. The passages above describe mankind, and society confirms God’s Word: difficult times will come, and even more so as we see the day of the Lord drawing near.
There are literally dozens of examples of evil in our world today, but I want to highlight two articles, seemingly different, but actually motivated in the same way.
First, social media is now replete with examples of piles of bricks which “coincidentally” showed up in major cities, in areas demonstrations were set to take place. In many cases, no construction was evident anywhere in the vicinity. So what’s the purpose, and who planted those bricks? Moreover, bricks are not cheap, so who financed them? (Print media has picked up the story and here is an example.)
[I don’t put much trust in liberal media, but I have seen multiple accounts of conspicuously-placed bricks. If true, that is nothing short of evil.]
Secondly, and just as disturbing, is the fact Israel faces not only overt existential threats from Iran and others, but the BDS movement is proving (as suspected) to be less about the rights of Palestinians and more about the total destruction of Israel. (Here is an example.)
While the two concerns seem to be unrelated, I believe they are very intertwined. Both involve efforts to gain something at someone else’s expense. Neither are peaceful efforts.
A glance at 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (above) confirms that God’s Word clearly warned us of difficult times like these. While we should not be surprised, we also must turn to God’s Word for peace and comfort.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 4:4-7
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me….27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.~John 14:1, 27
These are days in which we must be wise, yet fully dependent upon the One who promises to redeem us. Contrary to what some false teachers teach, God never promised we would always be worry-free and prosperous. He clearly tells us difficult times will come…and, as Christians, we will not escape them. These are consequences of sin in our world.
But a day is coming when He will take us from this world and we will be in His presence forever. (John 14:1-3) We won’t escape the difficulties of earth as long as we live in these bodies. However, we WILL be spared the wrath that is to come during the Tribulation! So we wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
So friends, the peace of God is ours for the taking, and there is no need for our hearts to be troubled! But while we’re still here on this earth, let’s call evil “evil,” and let’s call good “good,” according to the plumb line of God’s Word!