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Topic: End Times (02/27/14)
TITLE: Wars and Rumors of Wars
By Sarah Wipf
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You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
-Matthew 24:6-8 NIV
My beloved husband and I often joke that there is seldom a dull moment in our vibrant home. With five different personalities and ages in our family, the heart of our home pulsates with life, vigor and lots of activity! Because of the natural hustle and bustle that occurs in caring for a family of five, I often find it challenging to stay abreast on current events. My husband, on the other hand, has a wealth of knowledge and information on the latest, breaking headlines in the United States and abroad. Being that he is a very passionate and godly man, I often enjoy getting his perspectives on the events or catastrophes that are plaguing our world. As our “tween” boys mature, I am learning that they also enjoy these little catch up sessions with their dad, which is exactly what we found ourselves in the middle of on our Saturday evening.
In discussing the affairs and tumultuous situations going on in our every day world, I found my husband reassuring the boys not to worry. I interjected my own exhortation to them...that no matter what happens in this world...God is ALWAYS in control.
It was at that moment that my husband shared, “Remember guys...all this must happen before Jesus returns”.
Beautiful, green eyes full of wonder, concern and innocence looked right into mine and desperately asked the simple, one-worded question, “why?”.
Oh my aching heart! Why? Why, Lord? Why wars and rumors of wars? Why famines and catastrophes? Why judgement and wrath?
It's the age old question. It's often asked in defiance and disgust...especially towards God - but not that precious Saturday night. It was asked with a purity that comes only from a child's tender heart.
My child, we serve a holy and righteous God. He is perfect and just. Which means, He cannot sin. We live in a fallen world that is saturated in sin. The world that our God created is littered and inundated with sin. Whether we want to face it or not, there is a consequence to sin. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When someone breaks a law, they face a judge. Psalm 7:11 tells us that God is a righteous judge. Therefore, this sin problem must be dealt with. We can question why God does what He does, but it will not change the outcome.
All this must happen.
So while the earth and everyone on it will be judged...there is good news! For those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the penalty for their sin has already been paid on the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14 NIV). Our sin has been forgiven! While we will still have to endure adversity while we are on the earth, we have the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
~For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV
If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I urge you to do so. He loves you and has provided a way of salvation.
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