(There is a special message at the end of this article for those who might happen to read this and do not have Jesus in their life and are looking for peace and a way to better understand the present-day insanity and confusion.)
We are at a point where we are bombarded with bad news at every turn.
Evil abounds, and everything we read, hear of, or see seems to be just more (attempted) joy-robbing and debauched human conduct.
More threats to our health and mental well-being.
More general mayhem.
It seems there is no more room left for good news if, indeed, there was any to report.
I think that if there were any good news on the worldly human front, the current mainstream(?) media sources would suppress or otherwise bury it in order to further the globalist goal of total control of everyone and everything.
When anything truly encouraging is reported, it is marginalized or mocked and vilified.
We see this happening every day.
I have noticed a growing number of instances where questions arise that, even though asked in different ways, seem to bear a common theme.
The commonality in these questions seems to be something like this:
- Why is God allowing this evil to continue to grow?
- Why is the Church still here?
- What is God doing?
When asked respectfully of El Shaddai, the One and Only God, they are legitimate questions to ask.
In fact, He knew we would ask them, so He, in His Sovereignty and Mercy, answered them in advance in both the Old and New Testaments and in the revelation of His Nature revealed in His Word.
These are lessons and glimpses into His Heart through the historical record and His “stories” and parables.
From our human perspective, things are spiraling out of control, and why the Rapture hasn’t occurred yet is causing a degree of anxiety for some. Those who are looking for it to occur prior to the judgments of the Tribulation (Daniels 70th Week) are dividing the Word correctly and taking the prophecies literally, as they should.
While not a prophet of God, I believe that Sir Isaac Newton was prescient when he said:
“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”
This anxiety should not be, but it is. We are only human and have our foibles.
I believe that is why, in His Mercy and Grace, He gave us this gift:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
And He is, indeed, directing the paths of those who trust Him.
Having said these things, let’s get back to the questions.
I believe there is one answer to the above three questions that satisfies them all.
In particular, the question of “what is God doing?”
A very great deal, I think.
You will likely not hear a word about it in the unbelieving and rebellious world of men because it is all (as you would expect from our God) very good and wonderful.
God does not need man’s praise but the reverse; man needs the joy of praising God.
We need it in our inmost being; our heart and soul needs the Bread of strength.
I have mentioned before that there are no “stories” in the Word of God, but only lessons and insights told in story or parable form.
“Then Jesus told them this parable: What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the pasture and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, comes home, and calls together his friends and neighbors to tell them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep!'” (Luke 15:3-6). Emphasis added by me.
“Or what woman who has ten silver coins and loses one of them does not light a lamp, sweep her house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors to say, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost coin'” (Luke 15:8-9). Emphasis added by me.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).
And who can forget the parable of the Prodigal Son? (Luke 15:11-31)
Is there any good news to be heard?
Is there really one answer to the three questions above?
My sisters and brothers, the source of this good news is both contemporary and old. It is current and past.
It does not require going to the mailbox or logging on to the internet.
Now to the crux of this article.
If you are already a follower of Jesus, you already possess the answer in your Bible.
“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
And if you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, perhaps it is time to become one so the Spirit of God can indwell you. Then acquire a Bible and read it. If you do have the Holy Spirit of God in your heart and soul, then, and only then, will you be able to comprehend and fully understand the Glory and Sacrifice that God has already made for you and the message contained within these parables and “stories.”
As well, you will then not only be able to understand the answer to the questions above, but you can become part of the answer yourself with glorious and eternal consequences. (Please see the special message at the end of this commentary.)
So, what is the one answer to the three questions above?
God has made it very clear that He is out looking for those lost sheep that have still not come to His Salvation during this wonderful Age of Grace, the Church Age.
Looking for the coin of inestimable value: the sons and daughters He died for in order to confer His Salvation upon those who are willing.
That is what I believe He is doing.
That is why I believe He is allowing this present evil to continue.
That is why I believe the Church is still here.
And because it is good and it is God who is doing it, you will hear little or nothing of it in this sin-infested world of men.
These lost sheep are both Jew and Gentile, of ALL races and creeds, from EVERY nation and country.
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 10:16).
And the Lord Jesus Christ has made us this promise:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:38-39).
I am no Bible expert, but I do know this: God will not stop until He has redeemed the last of the “lost sheep” who will repent and so be saved in this Age of Grace.
I believe that He will only call the church home when the last person who will willingly call upon Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on their behalf in this dispensation of Grace does so. He will do this by His own Authority.
I am forever grateful that He didn’t stop the day before I came to the foot of the cross.
We can see what God is doing if we look for the evidence.
So, what should we be doing?
Pray without ceasing for those who are lost and rejoice that we, the sheep that are already in His pasture, can have a part in helping to grow this eternal and forever family of God.
Both by prayer and by witnessing, we can both please the Lord and be a blessing to others that will have eternal value.
The special message I promised you:
For anyone who may read this article and has not trusted in Jesus Christ and therefore has no hope or peace in your life:
You can have hope. You can have the peace that Jesus has promised to all who have made Him their Lord and Savior. The peace that passes understanding.
It requires that you come before God on His terms.
And, what are His terms according to His Word?
- Genuine repentance (turning to God instead of continuing to reject or ignore Him).
- Confession of sins (that you are a sinner and acknowledge that to God).
- That you understand that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
- To acknowledge to God that you are unable to pay that debt.
- Belief that Jesus Christ paid your death sentence for you on the cross.
- To believe that Jesus is the Way, the only Way, that God has established by which humans may be saved from the consequences of their sin and rebellion.
God has made it absolutely clear that there is no one who comes before Him, under His terms, that will be refused.
- No one: no race, no color, no country of origin, regardless of any previous belief system: no one.
- No matter what your past sins have been, God can and WILL forgive you because He says He will.
- Salvation is available to everyone without any exceptions.
If you put all your trust for salvation in Jesus, and Him only, you can follow that prayer up by simply saying, “Thank you, Father God, for hearing my prayer and saving me,” because we can trust Him to keep His Word. He always has. He always will.
“Truly, Truly, I say to you that he who hears My words and believes the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed from death to life” (John 5:24).
There are no answers and there is no hope in the world by governments, organizations, politics or politicians. There are only lies and deception. But you can have the Truth and the peace you seek.
The answers are in the Word of God—The Bible. If you ask God, with all your heart, He will hear you.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Pro Salvator Vigilans
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