Have you ever said to yourself “Now What?” when it seemed like you did everything right, prayed and believed, but the answer did not come as you expected?
There are probably many people, across our lands, who are asking themselves this very question after the recent election. Some are saying “whoopee,” while others are saying “oh me.”
We can go back, in hind sight, and seek answers on “how to change” or “what should have been done differently,” but what is done is done. However, could there be a wake-up call in all that is taking place in our country? Do we really want to know “now what?”
Are we going back into our regular routine of life, doing what we have always been doing? Perhaps in that “every day living of life” we can learn that maybe, just maybe, we are guilty of the negative, sinful and down hill spiral of life around us. Ouch! What an eye-opening, and perhaps an unwanted thought! If we are honest, all of us have come short of living outside of our own self-interests.
I recall the feeling of disappointment as I watched the final results of the election when it did not go the way I truly desired. However, our God is always faithful. When I woke up, Wednesday morning, before any thought of praise, prayer or getting out of bed came, I heard these words in my spirit: “My hope is in you Lord!” Wow, what peace!
In absolute reality, the answers for all of our dilemmas are found written in God’s Word which is forever the same, and will never change throughout all eternity.
What is the mirror of the Word telling us, right now, today?
2 Timothy 3:1-5: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
The Amplified is even more descriptive: But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
2 Timothy 3:1-5 : And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Peter 3:3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.
There is more in the Bible and surely the Old Testament tells of end-time prophecies. You might say, “These words have been there since the beginning of written Scripture.” True.
From my perspective, today is far different than my days as a young person. Actions, attitudes and values are NOT getting better, but worse. Sin is very open and literally “slaps us in the face.” The constitution of America and the values of our founding fathers are quickly being eroded by those who do not want to live by its precepts or by Scripture. Their voice is being loudly heard all over our land. Apathy and “status quo” is rising, at an alarming rate, among the children of God. Praise the Lord for the stanch and stalwart who are fighting for the right and truth as well as for the faithful followers of Jesus.
There is a warning that goes way back from the Old Testament: Isaiah 5:20: Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness... This principle has never changed. Aren’t we glad that there is an antidote given to us In Romans 12:21!
We have often heard the quote of Edmund Burke, a statesman in the 1700‘s: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Where is our hope? Our hope is in God who never fails, who is always the same, and who is a covenant-keeping God. He declares His desires “all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4.
How do we become saved: So simple. We recognize our sinfulness and call upon Jesus Christ to be the Savior or our life; truly believing in Him.* The very act of believing means that God has applied His wonderful grace and faith to you. For there is absolutely nothing anyone can do, in works or actions, to obtain salvation. It comes purely from the love and grace of God who even supplies the faith to believe. Jesus took away our sin, past, present and future. When we are saved, we are changed into His likeness and sealed by His Spirit; we are to trust Him for every need to be supplied in our life. Our hope is heaven-ward! Yes, this world is not our home! We are on our way Up! Eternity is bright and glorious. The Gospel of Good News, is almost too good to be true -- Good News.
However, while we are on this earth, the battle is not ours, but the victory comes through faith in His Word and believing in His promises. We are commanded to “die to ourselves; not to be conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our mind.” The battle that rages is the battle of the mind. Jesus gave us His righteousness the moment we said yes to Him. We already have, within our spirit, all we need to live victoriously - today and every day! It is a constant choice; how we think and how we act.
Are we living in that Truth? Are we declaring our authority against our personal enemy and the enemy of our country? Are we showing the glory of the Lord, within, to a lost and dying world? Are we loving people, just where they are, however they look or act? Are we forgiving those who have hurt us?
Lost men and women do not have their hearts toward Jesus. Sometimes their sin is most terrifying and destructive. Their thoughts are always on self. The only hope for unsaved people is the Gospel of Jesus. God loves them and they are on His mind. We should love them too.
Thank you, for the great men and women who stand true and bold for righteousness; Thank you, for leaders who are fighting for our rights in the legislature of this nation; thank you for our military who give their lives that this country can remain free; thank you for preachers who declare Truth. Thank you that as of this writing, we can still share the Word of God and love of Jesus. May this continue.
Here is our mandate of prayer:
1 Timothy 2:1-5: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty; For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth; For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
NOW WHAT? We need to get sin and doubt out of our life and surrender all to Jesus; Live by faith in the promises of His Word and hope for the reality of Truth to be present in victory; Pray to our mighty God, in the name of Jesus, for blessings, love, peace and joy in all whom He tells us to do. These are the Lord’s desires and commands that bring blessings to our life.
My friend, there is nothing, no nothing, that can take the place of peace and love from the One Who created us.
* Salvation Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 John 5:13
2 Corinthians 5:17