In God’s providence we live in tumultuous times. We are some of the most blessed human beings who have ever lived, with the technologies and conveniences and wealth we enjoy. And we live in corrupt and degenerate times. As Cotton Mather once said, “Religion begot prosperity, and the daughter devoured the mother.” God warned Israel of this very thing in Deuteronomy, saying that their great temptation with all of God’s blessings would be to forget God and think they had gotten all their prosperity themselves. And the greater the blessing, the greater the disaster when a people forget God.
And we live in those calamitous times. The madness that we are seeing around us is no accident at all. When you sow the wind, you always reap the whirlwind. We’ve already seen the opening convulsions in 2020, politically, economically, culturally, and 2024 is shaping up to be another rodeo. How should Christians think about this? How should we prepare?
First, remember that human beings are the most precious created resource. Think of preparing for tumultuous times like a Christian. Which means get your heart clean before God first. You will be in no position to be helpful if the wheels come off if your heart is clogged up with all kinds of lusts and bitterness. If you want to see clearly to know what to do, get rid of the logs in your eyes. Then make sure you’re in fellowship with as many people around you as possible, beginning with the people you live with. Confess your sins, get rid of your grudges, forgive freely.
Finally, one of the great lessons of the Old Testament is that God is just, and He does not destroy the righteous with the wicked. He would not have destroyed Sodom if there had been 10 righteous, and he still delivered Lot and later He delivered Rahab and her family from Jericho. God’s judgments fall with laser precision. When there was nothing but darkness in Egypt, there was light in Goshen; when the angel of death passed over, there was blood over the doorposts of those who believed. So do not fear the judgments of God. He is Your Father. He counts every hair on your head. Remain faithful at your stations, serving your people, trusting your God.
Toby Sumpter – January 14, 2024