Refuge from the Storm!
Most people seldom ever see impending doom or things that are happening until it's too late. The usual herd, the usual sheep, just go on their way, like things have always been. They don't want to worry unnecessarily or be distracted from their favourite TV programme, sports match, shopping tour, holiday outing or the daily hypnotic grind of the zombie treadmill and rat-race which is leading them to their fate.
They just don't seem to read the signs of the times. Jesus told the rich of His day: "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Mat.16:2,3)
Our only hope of survival is to be prepared both spiritually and practically for what is to come. True, His Word tells us to "take no thought for the morrow" (Mat.6:34), but that doesn't mean that we are not to make any preparations, if possible. It simply means that we are not to worry about it or be overly anxious.
We should prepare our minds and hearts for it and expect it. It would be best that we prepare our bodies also, as well as we are able, by preparing places of refuge from the storm where we can hopefully hide and not be caught in the maelstrom of His judgments on the wicked.
If possible, try to secure some kind of place in the country or rural area for yourself and your family, as many of the big modern cities of today will become death traps and infernos plagued by riots, looting, mass starvation and disease when the utilities and public services break down. Try to find a place with its own safe and independent supply of water, heat and light which is not dependent on electricity or outside means of pressure or power. Stock it well with dried and canned foods such as grains, beans, flour and other staples.
If all else fails, you could at least make sure that your own house is stocked full of non-perishable foods and fuel or firewood, as well as an adequate supply of water. it is far better to be ready years too soon than to be one day too late. The time to prepare is now.
The safest place to be
Of course, when trouble happens, the only truly safe place to be in is the Lord! His Word tells us, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust. his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked." Psalm 91
The most important thing is to live close to the Lord and in His will and obey His word. then even if there is war and turmoil and confusion and chaos on the outside, you can have peace on the inside,in your own heart, through the prince of peace, Jesus Christ. He is faithful and never fails to keep those who trust him!
You will find that His word is always such a comfort and encouragement in the hour of greatest trial, even when everything seems to be going wrong and you are in danger. It is His word by His spirit in His love that makes you strong. So hide His word faithfully in your heart that you may be kept by the power of God and comforted in difficult times, now and in the future.
One very encouraging passage of scripture regarding God's ability to protect and keep those who love Him is the story of the house of Rahab on the wall of Jericho: the whole city of Jericho fell except the part of the wall on which the harlot Rahab's house was standing. Because she had faith and had received and protected His children, when God destroyed the whole city and everybody else in it, her little house was the only part of the wall that did not fall! ( Joshua 6) So why worry about it?
When His judgments fall on the wicked, they usually miss His children or His children are somehow spared from them. He says, "I will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Rev.3:10) That doesn't mean that He won't ever allow us to be harmed. He won't allow any permanent damage, any permanent harm, and He promises to deliver us. If by no other way, He delivers us by death-- our graduation to heaven.
The promise is that He is going to keep us, one way or the other. So you don't ever have to worry about it. If He decides He would rather take you than take care of you, then you have it made, one way or the other. Dead or alive, you are safe.
What can man do to us? They can only kill the body, and after that there's no more they can do. By killing us, they release our spirits at last into the glorious spiritual kingdom of God!
Fear or faith
When the time of His judgments come, the Lord will take care of us as He sees fit: He will either take care of us or take us, one or the other. If you know it is God's will, that it is the Lord and His judgments, you won't be afraid.
So keep close to the Lord, constantly claiming the protection of the Lord and always asking the Lord to keep you, and bless and protect you, and He will! He says, "Keep thyself therefore unto Me, and I shall preserve thee in the hour of trouble.”
Are you ready?
By all means prepare all you can, but most of all trust the Lord and don't worry. The Lord and prayer are your best protection and your greatest security.
If you love and trust Jesus, you need not fear His judgments on the wicked, nor even death itself. Death is only the gateway to the next life, a glorious new world, heaven on earth, the kingdom of Christ, where there will be no more pain, sorrow, death or tears, but eternal peace, plenty and happiness for all forever!
The worse it gets, the closer we are to the end! the darkest hour is just before dawn! So look for that silver lining in the storm clouds, and expect that somewhere over God's rainbow, "there'll be love and laughter and joy ever after, tomorrow when the world is free!"
Then there'll be a "a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness!" A new world of peace and plenty and love and happiness for all who follow Jesus, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords over all!
Are you already a citizen of Christ's kingdom, the perfect and loving government that will never fail nor fall? You can join His kingdom right now by receiving Jesus this very moment! Just believe in Him, confess you have done wrong and need His forgiveness, and receive Him into your heart now by just asking him to come in. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock" Jesus says. "....if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." (Rev.3:20)
He will give you peace of mind, satisfaction of heart, and love and happiness here and now, and heaven too! Receive Him today, then you will really be ready for the coming calamities. No matter what happens, He will take care of you!
Even if you die, you will just go to be with Jesus in His heavenly kingdom forever with all of us who love Him! Warn others of the coming trouble, but tell them most of all of Christ's coming kingdom and how they can join it here and now just by receiving Jesus!
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