Volatile times will remain until Jesus returns
Those of us who profess to be Christians need to look to the past and God's Word for direction to the future. If we are going to live a righteous life, we must turn to God's Word for direction. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
"All Scripture is given by inspirations of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
You and I live in volatile times. We are hearing people talk of racism, social injustice, corrupt police and economic inequality. These are conditions that have plagued man for centuries. Not only are these conditions of the past, but according to God's Word, they will be conditions of the future as well. As long as man walks according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit, we will see these things. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV) "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanders, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away." Do these things sound familiar in today's world?
We see in the news everyday where there are protests, riots, murders and rapes. Blacks protesting against whites, whites attacking blacks, and people coming against police. We all know there is injustice in this world, there always has been and always will be until the return of Jesus Christ. We can't overcome these things with violence or by coming against each other.
As Christians we ought to know the only answer to man's inequalities is God. Man in the natural (flesh) is incapable of justice or love toward his fellow man.
Matthew 22:36-39 (NKJV) "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law. Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets." If we want to correct the injustices in this world, we will have to turn to the only one who can set this world straight, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mankind has a history of being self-centered, putting himself before the needs of others, even before God. We as Christians even have the tendency to put our desires ahead of God's Word and his commandments. We love God, we desire to do God's will, we just find it hard at times to put our fellow man ahead of ourselves.
All we as Christians can do is keep our eyes on Jesus, make him our example and in turn, do our best to be a good example to our neighbors. Man's past has not been good in the eyes of God. We just need to remember God's promise for our future.
Revelation 21:3-4 (NKJV)
"And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, no sorrow, no crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
Things are not perfect for any of us here and now. If you become a part of God's family, keep your eyes on Jesus, then your future is bright. And that should give us peace and joy today, and the strength to walk with God.
Carl Adkins is the lay pastor at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.
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