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In These Crucial Days

God’s people live in a world full of trouble.  Eliphaz warned Job about it in Job 5:7  and Job talked about it in Job 14:1  In fact the whole book of Job is the story of the troubles Job faced and how God ultimately delivered him.

 

In II Corinthians 4:7-10 Paul writes about the troubles that he experienced wherever he went.  Why did God allow Paul’s troubles and why does He allow it in our lives today?  That Christ be manifest in his life and our lives also so we can be a blessing to others.

 

Jesus, in His final hours with His disciples,  warned them in John 14 of the trouble they would face and encouraged them that through His Holy Spirit whom He would send them, they would experience His continual peace in the midst of troubling circumstances.

 

We are living in a time of extreme crises and fears. Though our economy was booming for most of the past eight years, it has been on the brink of collapse since 2006. Our stock markets have tanked and there’s been gridlock in Congress.  Our sworn enemies are gaining nuclear capabilities.  Crime, corruption and inflation are out of control.  Prices are skyrocketing as our dollar plummets in value.  We are facing one of the most sobering, crucial elections in our nation’s history and always we live under the threat of terrorist attacks. Humanly speaking, there is little to comfort us and give us a sense of security today.

 

We need to pray for our President as he completes his final days of office!  How he has aged these past eight years as he has dealt with world-shaking problems and  been viciously maligned and attacked by his enemies who attack his character as snarling, vicious dogs!  How we thank God for our Commander and Chief and his generals and the courageous troops who have gained victory in Iraq and are helping this struggling nation to its feet.

 

And now we wait to see the direction our nation will take in November. This is a time for Christians to sit still and rest and mediate on God’s Word. Most of you know Psalm 23.  I encourage you to turn off your television for awhile each day and sit down with David in green pastures as he plays his harp.  Listen to him, a man after God’s own heart, as he shares inspired truth in the Psalms.  In the light of the coming election, let’s look at Psalm 46 together.

 

The present, practical fulfillment of His will in our lives  Psalm 46:1-3

 

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

 

Did you hear what he said?  God is our refuge and strength right now when we need Him.  Psalm 118:24 reminds us that THIS is the day that the Lord has  made. For that, we have reason to rejoice. He is presently bringing His will for our nation to pass.  Whether we are about to be judged for our sins or to be blessed a little longer in order to be a blessing to the world; it’s all in His hands.

 

Therefore, we Christians need not fear nor be upset by the circumstances. “Our times are in His hands.”  Psalm 31:15  His will for our nation and for us as Christians is being worked out even now in these days of noise and confusion.  That word Selah in Psalm 46:3, 7 and 11 tell us to sit quietly and reflect on what He is telling us.

 

The future prophetic fulfillment of His will   Psalm 46:4-9

 

Though these words refer to Christ’s second coming and His Millennial reign,  they are just as practical and applicable to us now as the first three verses.  

 

Verse 4 speaks of a river that flows from the city of God, Jerusalem, and brings prosperity and gladness to us now as it will to the world one day.  You can read in Zechariah 14;8-9  of the living water that will flow from Jerusalem to a world waiting for the refreshment and blessing of God. 

 

That chapter begins with the return of Christ and His feet once again touching the Mount of Olives.  Zechariah14:4    That will be a literal fulfillment of the angel’s message to the disciples at the ascension of Jesus back to Heaven, as it is recorded in Acts 1:11-12.  This coming of Christ takes place at the end of the Tribulation when Jesus returns to begin his Millennial reign from Jerusalem.

 

The secret rapture of His saints to Heaven takes place seven years earlier.  In that coming His feet do not touch the Mount of Olives.  Rather He meets us in the air in our raptured,  glorified bodies.  You can read much more on this in my series on Prophecy in this HIDDEN TREASURES web site.

 

Note also in Psalm 46:4-5 that it speaks of God being in the midst of the tabernacles of the Most High.  Who are the tabernacles of the Most High? We Christians are. Read about it in I Corinthians 6:19-20.  We Christians are His holy temples.  His Spirit lives in each of us and He desires to control and bless us.

 

Psalm 46:6 speaks of the heathen raging against Christ and those who belong to Him. Those of us who stand for Christ have felt that rage and hatred repeatedly through our lives.  Many Christian in the past and even now around the world are feeling the rage and persecution and facing martyrdom from the hands of those who hate Jesus.

 

The Psalm concludes with the encouraging truth that God is with us in these times of stress.  So don’t be upset and troubled over the world situation. In Psalm 46:10-11  God reminds us that He is in control and that He is going to be exalted.  May He be exalted right now in our lives as Christians.

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October 3, 2008 - Posted by | Today

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