Preparing for Adversities in Advance Devotional Reading and Podcast
“This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.” (Genesis 41:28-30)
The story of Joseph includes two dreams given to Pharoah that his wise men could not interpret. In God’s divine plan for Joseph to rise to power, He gave Joseph the ability to discern Pharoah’s dreams. And he responded by promoting Joseph to second in command in Egypt.
At times, God will give a prior warning of the tribulation that will happen in our lives. Our relationship with Christ determines whether or not we recognize the voice of God, obey and make preparation, disregard the warning as a pessimistic thought or dismiss it as not applicable to us, and continue to function as normal.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” (John 16:33, Amplified Bible)
We can agree that most adverse life events happen suddenly and take us by surprise. From sudden illness to loss of employment and many more, we cannot predict the future adversities that will impact our lives. But we can anticipate that unexpected hardships produce chaotic interruptions that require the strength of a rational mind and perseverance.
What is happening to our world? Biblical prophecies are rapidly being fulfilled.
Even the unbelievers realize that something is wrong and wholeheartedly agree that Earth is in a crisis. Natural disasters, famines, global warming, environmental waste, social issues, economic recession, increased violence, and COVID-19 are here to stay. As a result, some of the Gen Xers and many of the Millenials are seeking alternative housing. Homesteading, tiny homes, RV and Van life, and living in boat homes have become acceptable living options. The “New Rich” movement also focuses on minimalism and living debt-free.
Although relocation and living debt-free does not equate to having a relationship with Christ, at least the unbelievers are taking action. Believers, we have to awaken out of our spiritual sleep. Isn’t our goal eternal life? You and I are living in the last days of Earth’s history as we know it. Yet, many are distracted by the acquisition of material wealth, and studying the Bible is not a priority.
In Matthew chapter 24 and 2 Timothy, chapter 3, Jesus gives us prophetic signs and many have already come to fruition.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. And they were oblivious until the flood came and swept them all away. So will it be at the coming of the Son of Man…” (Matthew 24:37-39)
“But know this, that in the last days, perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5).
Remember that God is aware of every trial and sorrow we will face. God’s priority is to save our souls. The trials in our lives test the genuineness of our faith. Every wilderness experience serves to build our faith and trust in God and to produce a righteous character. Nothing happens by chance to believers, God only allows what is needed for spiritual growth. Hard times are part of God’s plan.
Living in the last days calls for a plan of action! Although we cannot prevent the adversities that come as a surprise, we can prepare in advance to maintain our faith in God and persevere during the hard times, especially the trials that seem to never end. Now is the time to commit yourself to God and worship Him every day through praise and worship, studying the Scriptures, and praying as you have never prayed before.
Jesus promises to give us strength in our weaknesses and the ability to perform our activities of daily living. Set aside some uninterrupted time daily for praise and worship. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal mismanagement in your current lifestyle. Make your financial status a priority. Get out of debt and stop spending! Changing our mindset to reflect that “enough is enough” shows that we are actively practicing the stewardship principles of financial management over the resources given by God.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7). Now is the time for an “I’m all in” commitment with Jesus Christ. Our adversities will not escalate to a crisis level when we have a thriving relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Reflection: What actions am I taking to ensure readiness for Jesus’ Second Coming?
Prayer: God, we pray for those who are in a spiritual state of lukewarmness in their relationship with Christ. We realize now is the time to prepare for Jesus’ Coming through the study of the Scriptures and praying without ceasing. We ask for the strength, presence, and power of the Holy Spirit upon every believer who is facing adversity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.