Mark 13:7 NASB
“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.”
I wore my soccer uniform to school that day because we had a game scheduled after school. On my way between first and second period, one crazy student was going through the halls saying, “It’s the end of the world!” No one really thought much of it. But then I got to my second hour class and the TV was on and my teachers were glued to it. They did not even acknowledge the students coming in. I do not even think they greeted us that day. Then we saw the plane go into the second tower as we were watching the news broadcast live. Needless to say, my soccer game got cancelled that day, along with most every other after school activity. We were told to go home and be with loved ones.
Many people remember where they were when 9/11 happened. Others remember where they were during other world events occurred. During 9/11, many people really did think it was the end of the world. Yet, what does God’s Word say about that? “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end” (Mark 13:7). Obviously we should be ready always, but what does this verse say about what we are to do? It says we should not be afraid! We should not fear! But why not? Probably because if we know God, we know where we are headed; Heaven! Amen!
It is good to know, though, that God is not shocked when things happen here on earth. While He’s definitely not always pleased by things people or nations do, He’s not in Heaven reworking how to be God to all His people. He’s still Sovereign and reigning on high despite everything going on in our world.
When big things happen in our world, does that affect your view of God? Do you turn to His Word for answers? Do you pray more for loved ones who do not know Him? Do you fear? Pray today for people to turn to God despite crazy things happening in our world. Pray that God would use all things to bring others to Himself (Romans 8:28). In Jesus Name, Amen.
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming book.