As we get closer to the end of the age, more perilous times are coming. Jesus warned His disciples, and all of us, in Matthew 24:3 about the signs of the times and the end of the age:
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All of these things are the beginning of sorrows.”
Reading this passage of Scripture could strike fear in the hearts of many. However, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ we shouldn’t be afraid. We should prepare for the times that are ahead.
One of the ways we can do this is by keeping a record of God’s goodness so when those precarious times come we will have faith in God to see us through. We will be able to stand on His word and His goodness–knowing that He will make a way of escape as He did in times past.
Isn’t that what King Jehoshaphat did when he was told that a great multitude was coming against Judah?
Initially, King Jehoshaphat was afraid. He sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah. He stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord, and remembered God–who He is and His goodness toward Israel:
• “O’Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over the kingdoms of the nations?
• In Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?
• Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?
• And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple) and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save’ (2 Chronicles 20:5-9).”
Just like in King Jehoshaphat’s time, there are things that are coming to destroy us. The waves of perilous times are coming, but are you going to be able to withstand them?
Wisdom Nugget: Start recording, in a journal or on your phone, etc., God’s word and promises to you. Start making a record of your answered prayers from God. What did you pray? How did God answer? Make a monument of these things and keep a record of God’s goodness toward you so you can go back time and time again to strengthen and fortify your faith.
Don’t let God’s goodness leave your memory without being recorded. You’re going to be grateful that you have these records when everything around your tempts you to question God’s goodness and His presence with you.
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤