Be prepared to stand

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, `I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
(Mark 13:5-8 (NIV))

Birth pains!

I honestly don’t know what else that we can call the events that have been unfolding over the last few years. And, they seem to be increasing rapidly and steadily!

Think back over the last few years.

I can think of two major tsunamis, terrorist attacks, earthquakes where earthquakes don’t happen. and many other events, such as the worldwide economic failures and panic. In the very shadow of the earthquake that hit the east coast, we are seeing a major hurricane striking the very area that the earthquake hit.

To top it all off, there is a major move to strip Israel of some of its land and create a Palestinian state. All of this by the very same group of people who have vowed to wipe Israel off of the face of this earth. These very same people also have vowed to bring down Israel’s biggest ally, the United States.

The whole world has turned upside down. Common sense and common dignity have left. There is an ever increasing division, an ever increasing polarization between groups of people. There is no room for meeting each other in friendship and working out our differences. Proclaiming the name of Jesus is becoming a perceived intolerance, while protecting the “rights” of those who wish to do us harm is important.

We have lost our moral compass. We have lost our ability to point up. We can only point to ourselves and what we want. And what we want is sinful.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 5:23 (NIV))

Keep the faith. Keep the focus. Trust in the Lord. Never give up the name of Jesus as good.

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
(Isaiah 5:20 (NIV))

Be prepared to stand for what you know is righteous and true.

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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