Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Psalm 91:5-6
Yesterday we went to the supermarket to purchase a few replacement items. The parking lot was filled to capacity, with drivers anxiously waiting for any available space just so they could get inside of the store. The only time that have I witnessed so many shoppers in a store was during the Black Friday Sales. We were among the many individuals who were standing in the long lines with at least a 30-minute to 1-hour wait before checkout.
The strained expressions on most of the customer’s faces competed with the emptiness of the section of the store where normally shelves would be stocked with toilet tissue. As we waited in the express line, I overheard the cashier say, ” I don’t understand, this is not the end of the world.” Our turn for checkout came quickly, and I probed for information by asking the young cashier how her day was going. She informed me that all available staff had been called into work to assist with the 2 hour wait time for checkout that existed since 7 am that morning.
The words, “This is not the end of the world” have resonated in my mind over and over again. With the current pandemic of the coronavirus, we must be responsible and practice the necessary health precautions. Even so, we are living in the last days of earth’s history. Now is the time for us to heighten our spiritual awareness and deepen our relationship with God. In order to prepare, we must diligently study the Word of God and pray without ceasing. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. Luke 21:11
Luke 21 warns us of the events that will occur before the Second Coming of Jesus and the end of the world. Moving forward, this is the time to face the fact that something serious is happening, and we need to decide if we will serve God and live by faith.
Only by knowing God here can we prepare to meet Him at His coming…But many of those who profess to believe in Christ do not know God. They have only a surface religion. They do not love God; they do not study His character; therefore, they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. They do not know what restful love is or what it means to walk by faith…Ellen G. White (1903)
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
We must prepare spiritually for troublesome times because trials and tribulations will increase. Remember, God is here, and He has always been and always will be in control of this world. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020