When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: Proverbs 2:25-28
Terrorism is something that we have all come to accept. It is a reality that will, unfortunately, never be stamped out until Jesus returns. In the United States, we live with the reality that each moment may be our last while arrogantly defying the Word of God that promises trouble and woe to those who turn their backs on Him.
Iran. Russia. Syria. North Korea. Pakistan. The list of enemies continues to grow and, while our politicians bluster and threaten, the one thing that America fails to do is fall on her face and repent for her litany of evils.
Instead, we continue to lie to ourselves, foolishly believing that we can conquer every threat on the planet and defy God Himself.
One can’t help but wonder why? Why is it that this nation, which was so blessed by God, has come to a place of such spiritual slavery? Why is it, that our youth are prisoners to anxiety and self-destruction?
This is obviously a multifaceted question but the Scripture above strikes to the core. When you choose to not fear God, be prepared to fear everything else life can throw your way.
With God as your ally, you can conquer anything. But with Christ as your enemy, be prepared to suffer in this life and in the next.
Religious leaders often advocate that God is always merciful and, in teaching such half-truths, reduce God to the level of a complacent grandfather who is always ready to overlook the mischief wrought by his grandchildren.
Not my God.
Proverbs shows us that if an individual or nation turns its back on God, He will turn His back on that person or people. Revelations 19 shows us that Christ is the avenger, the One the prophet Daniel called the “Ancient of Days”. There is a time when the Mediator becomes the Judge. Only those who have been cleansed by His blood will find themselves safe in the day of His wrath.
That day has already begun and will intensify until many will try to commit suicide and be unable to do so (Revelation 9:6). Death itself will elude the nations, forcing them to suffer the penalty of God’s wrath.
The choice is ours. Will we fear God… or fear everything else?