I don’t know what’s bothering people right now, the mold because of all of the rain (I’m not complaining about the rain), or the Saharan Dust, or whatever it is, but there are a lot of people a little under the weather here lately which made me think about the near coming flu season.
So there was/is COVID, now a Delta Variant, then there will be this virus and that virus because there have always been viruses.
If you lost a loved one, I’m by no means making light of COVID. We never want to lose a loved one to anything. But we will always experience death as much as we will experience life. It all comes with the territory of our life here on this planet. None of us will escape death unless you are raptured out of here at the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
I think we need to take a long hard look into what these pandemics (pestilences) are about. What I mean is, if it isn’t a pandemic that takes our life it will be something else. I’m not trying to sound apathetic, but we need to face reality.
God is the One that created all things. No, we’re not puppets on God’s string. We have free will to decide what we want to do with our lives. We choose to trust and believe on Him or trust in ourselves.
God lives in eternity, time without end. He always was and always will be. He is also omnipresent, He is everywhere at once. He sees the end from the beginning. We just live in this very small space of time.
No, God has not planned out your life for you, but He does know what is going to happen because He lives in eternity. He is also omniscient, infinitely wise— all-knowing.
When we understand that His Word is forever settled in heaven, nothing will or can change it, then we can better understand the things that come upon the earth. For example, Matthew 24:3, the disciples asked Jesus what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age. Jesus answers and says, “Beware, that no man deceives you.” Don’t let anyone twist and change My Word around to fit their narrative. “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ’ (Messiah) and they will deceive many.” Jesus then goes on to say, now remember He’s answering the disciples question regarding what is going to happen before His Second Coming, He tells them there will be wars and rumors of wars and then He tells them not to be troubled by this. He continues, “for all these things MUST come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
There is not one thing we can do to change the fact that these things “MUST come to pass,” famines (hunger, scarcity of food), pestilences (a plague, disease, pandemic). So, you see, when we are gripped with fear about things that “MUST come to pass,” we blame the government, the doctors, the unvaccinated, the vaccinated, the nonmask wearers, and on, and on it goes. The blame never stops.
What is truly important concerning what will eventually be the cause of our death is not of greater concern than the fact of where we will spend eternity. We’re all going to die of something. We drive cars with seat belts hoping to be safe, yet people die in car crashes. We go to the lake, river or swimming pool not thinking about drowning, but people still drown. We could drop dead of a heart attack, and the list goes on.
We cannot let fear grip us at every turn. We also can’t unleash so much hate toward one another when times get tough. Times are going to get tough. Why? Because the all-knowing God knew that there would be a severe moral breakdown in this world as there is now. In the Book of Romans 8:22 this verse tell us that “the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs.” The present condition of creation, including “natural” disasters like earthquakes, floods and storms are evidence of the universal effect of sin. Even creation is eagerly anticipating its redemption. The reference to “birth pangs” suggests the pains experienced by a mother leading up to giving birth; they increase in frequency and intensity until the moment the child is born. When Jesus says in Matthew 24:8 “All these are the beginning of sorrows,” sorrows means “birth pangs.” Even though natural disasters have occurred since the flood of Noah, their increase in frequency and intensity indicates the time is near for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. No, it’s not climate change as the world is trying to convince us of, but it is “climate change” in the sense that there are “birth pangs” and things will intensify as we see the Coming of the Lord draw closer. God is in total control of the climate. There is no climate change agenda that can or will stop what God has ordained.
So what’s the conclusion of the matter: Ecclesiastes 12:13 says “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
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TTFN (ta ta for now),
Gina Huizar email@example.com