Katrina … Rita … Iraq … PLO … global warming … 9/11 … earthquakes … famine!
Do these tragedies mean that we should be concerned, stop what we’re doing and expect the end to come soon? Many cultists say “YES” but Jesus said a clear “NO.”
Jesus said, “And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.” (Mark 13:7-8, New Living Translation)
I think Jesus is saying that we need to get used to the idea of serving him in the midst of a chaotic world. We need to get very good at raising godly families, building Bible-centered churches and telling everyone about Christ in the midst of natural disasters, wars and disintegrating societies.
Don’t wait until things get “back to normal” to do service for Jesus Christ. That time may never come. No, Jesus said that tragedy will become more and more “normal.”
Light shines most brightly in deep darkness.
Salvation is most welcome in the midst of tragedy.
Love finds its greatest value when surrounded by hate.