Bring On the Wonder

When we watch the news, why are we surprised? When tsunamis and earthquakes and hurricanes come, why do we suddenly start raving about how it’s the end of the world as if it’s a new revelation? These things have been happening and gradually been getting worse at least since Noah lived, but almost definitely even before that. Natural disaster is not a new thing. It wiped out the dinosaurs (presumably), and they were old (presumably).

Jesus said it best (no surprise there):

“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

Also, since 2012 is much closer than it was when this whole thing started becoming popular, I just thought I’d share this little tidbit. “That day” refers to what we like to call the end of the world.

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36

If not even Jesus knows, I’m betting the Mayans didn’t know, either. Maybe some enormous disaster will hit, because many of their other predictions have come true. But no one but God knows how many days earth has left. Not prophets, e-prophets, scientists, or long-gone ancient civilizations with a knack for fortune telling. All of Matthew 24:36-51 is pretty much dedicated to emphasizing this point. {as an aside, the end of the world is not the point of life, so while being interested in what God says is involved in the destruction of all mankind and squirrels and stuff isn’t bad, it shouldn’t be our main focus.}

And the greater point of all this is that the Bible is our one stop go-to for everything. It is the only thing that is always true, in which everything is true, and which will change our lives even if we do no more than read it.

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edge sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

We too often neglect the Bible. We read books about the Bible, we pray, we go to church, and some of us carry a Bible around with us to hit people over the head with it. But we forget that God inspired this book to be written so that we can know Him and know the difference between what we should and should not be doing. Yeah, it’s confusing, and yeah, some of it might not ever make sense to us, but we have to fill our minds with it. It’s part of the armor of God; the sword of the Spirit is, in effect, the Bible. Jesus resisted temptation with scripture, not with “Aaahhhhh get away get away, lalalala!” I personally do that way too often, and it’s not nearly as effective as, say, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'” Luke 4:8

1 thought on “Bring On the Wonder”

  1. Agreed. And we are ALL heading for the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and King! Yeh!!!!

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