I don’t think I’m far off to assume that the average American is just thinking, What Next? Where will the next riot take place? Who will be the next crazy gunman who makes CNN headlines? When will the next terrorist attack happen?
Yes, these same thoughts periodically go through my mind. I don’t dwell on them, but every time I flip on the news I’m forced to ponder these realities. After all, things that used to be periodic tragedies all of sudden seem to be daily. I honestly believe we should all be asking ourselves, What Next?
Now, here is one option we need to just take out of consideration. While we should do all we can to stay safe in this crazy world, I’m afraid we can’t fix the crazy around us. In fact, there is no sense in pondering on things we can’t control, predict, or stop from happening. So, let’s move on to what we can do something about.
If you’re a believer in God’s word, you can’t help but believe that we are living in the last days. Scripture made it very clear many years ago that these types of things would happen. For instance, many can identify with the following prophetic words.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”(2 Timothy 3:1-5)(NIV)
So, what next? I think the first step for all of us is to WAKE UP. We can’t deny that every day is unpredictable. Therefore, instead of living in denial we need to live prepared. This always starts with making things right with the God who created us, knows us inside out, and will have the final say. I recently shared the following words on social media.
“I don’t watch the news as much as most. But, how can any of us see the chaos around us and not fall on our knees? Why aren’t churches full of all races coming together to seek God’s divine intervention? Protest, criticism, racism or arguments change nothing. No matter how much things change around us Jesus will always be our only constant hope!”
Yes, times have changed. Yes, we live in uncertain days. But, God’s word never changes on how we must deal with such times. Especially as chaos abounds beyond what we can fix, understand, or deal with alone.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)(NIV)
Guns can’t protect us from everything. The next president can’t fix the biggest problems we face. Only by fully surrendering everything to an Almighty, All Knowing, All Powerful God can peace or healing be found. Because our greatest battles in this life are not physical, but spiritual.
If you have a church home I encourage you to faithfully gather with those believers. If you don’t have a church home I personally invite you to Refuge Church of Walterboro (203 Eddie Chasteen Dr) where I promise you will always find hope. I pray nothing but God’s best for all of you!