May 1, 2020
Who Do I Believe?
“He [Jesus] replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” Matthew 16:2-3
I was getting home before 5 pm so I could listen to the governor tells us the latest on the 5 o’clock news. I watched the Nightly News for the first time in so many years I have forgotten how long. I was inundated with figures, stories, and projections about where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. By the time I finished watching for a few days I stopped. I didn’t know what to believe. One person said one thing and another said another. Who do we believe?
Someone asked me the other day, “Do you think God is using this pandemic to prepare us all for the second coming of Jesus?” I stammered and said, “Maybe, I just don’t know.” Isn’t it interesting that the financial gurus can tell us what to expect in the stock market. The weather man can pretty well predict what the temperature is going to be every day for a week. The pollsters can tell us who is going to win the election before 10% of the people have voted. Yet no one knows when Jesus is coming back.
The Pharisees and Sadducees wanted Jesus to give them a sign that He was the Messiah. Jesus ridiculed them for knowing how to read the signs of weather and storms and yet not knowing the scriptures enough to know He was the Messiah. Yet the sign He gave them was the sign of Jonah being in the fish for three days.
I’m ready if God is preparing us for Jesus’ second coming. I’m ready, but I’m not going to spend a great deal of time trying to read and understand the times. Yes, a great deal of prophecy about the end times have come to pass, but to try and place a date or season on when Jesus is coming back is to go against what Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.” Acts 1:7. So for me I’m going to believe Jesus. And not only for His second coming, but also for this virus. I believe He will see us through until the end. I believe He will make a way. I believe that when this is all over and we go back to some type of normal, He will still be God!
So stop listening to the political spin on when all of this is going to be over and just trust God to end it at the right time.
Dear Jesus, help us to spend our time reaching out to those who are in need and less time worrying about our present situation. Give us the ability to see the needs of others so that we may give them a cup of cool water in your name. Help us to put complete faith and trust in believing You! In your name we pray, Amen.