My father was the minister of a nondenominational Christian church from the time I was six until I was twelve, when he lost his faith and left the ministry. During my dad’s preaching years he often talked about the End Times, particularly when the Cuban Missile Crisis was happening.
If my dad were alive today, I wonder what he would say about the current state of the world?!
I, too, lost my faith for many years. I came back to believing in Christ in 2003, when the preponderance of the evidence in my life compelled me to believe. However, I still have more questions than answers and I respect everyone’s right to believe — or not — as each person sees fit. I am humbly aware that my mind is far from infallible, so I never try to force my beliefs down anyone’s throat. I’m only sharing this for those who are spiritual seekers, like me.
The following is the Verse of the Day on Biblegateway.com. When I read these words this morning, I felt like I had been smacked in the face. The heavens will vanish with a thunderous roar? The elements will be destroyed with intense heat? Yikes!
2 Peter 3:10-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
A New Heaven and Earth
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will vanish with a [mighty and thunderous] roar, and the [material] elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are on it will be [a]burned up.
11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be [in the meantime] in holy behavior [that is, in a pattern of daily life that sets you apart as a believer] and in godliness [displaying profound reverence toward our awesome God],
- 2 Peter 3:10 Two early mss have “discovered” instead of “burned up.” It is possible that Peter means something like “discovered for what they really are—temporary creations.”
The following is the scripture text that the minister in our local church preached about yesterday. I find these verses much more comforting than the ones about the earth’s elements being destroyed with heat!
Psalm 91 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.
91 He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
For He will save you from the trap of the fowler,
And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,
And under His wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.
- Psalm 91:1 The wonderful promises of this chapter are dependent upon one’s meeting the conditions stated in these first two verses (see Ex 15:26).
THIS WORLD IS A VERY SCARY PLACE SOMETIMES! But deep in my heart, I believe that God is, that God is love, and that God is good. I have decided to put my trust in Him.
In Peace, Truth and Love ~ Linda
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