Shalom! – in Our Times?
How are you doing these days? I mean how are you really doing? Deep in your inner soul?
Shalom . . . Wholeness . . . Is it really possible to experience shalom – peace, wholeness, balance, harmony – in our times?
People like to feel secure.
But where in the world is security and peace in the midst of the increasing darkness and chaos around us? I don’t know about you, but it appears to me that our world is becoming an increasingly insecure, confusing, uncertain place to live. It seems that people’s fear and anxiety levels are rising, stressed out to the max. Many wrestle with chronic health issues. More and more have been losing their jobs, their source of income. Relationships break with the strain of complex issues.
And those are just the personal issues we deal with!
Let alone the sense that our society seems to have lost its moral compass. Deception and confusion about truth, right and wrong.
On the global scene . . .
There are the fragile and even collapsing economies of many of the richest nations of our world. Not to speak of terrorism rampant in the Middle East and spreading globally. The number of natural disasters have accumulated faster this past year than ever before. More and more bad news fills the airwaves as major world events happen nearly every day.
Am I jaded? Or does it seem to you too, that life is getting more complex? Who around you is really struggling these days? Count them. How many of your friends and close associates are going through some major life issue right now? Perhaps you’re in the midst of a crisis event yourself.
So how are you doing with it all?
Where do you find your greatest source of wholeness? What keeps you centered, balanced? What provides for you a sense of security, peace – shalom?
Is it any comfort to you that Yeshua (Jesus) told us it would be like this as the time of His return gets closer? In His discourse about the signs of the end of the age in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, they all say the same kinds of things. And they all sound like things just might get worse in our world before they get better, because Jesus described those times in clear terms of chaos and multiple disasters.
No, it’s not a pretty picture for the future, but I’m actually grateful that God has been so faithful to let us know what is coming as we draw nearer to the return of our Messiah King. He cares about us enough to warn us ahead of time what to expect. Amazing!
But right in the midst of that dark discourse, Yeshua then burst forth with, “Now when these things begin to happen, stand straight and lift up your heads, because your salvation is near!” (Lk. 21:28, TLV)
Messiah will return!
I’ve wrestled with the temptation to hide.
When we returned to our homeland after serving out of country 12 years, we found our nation a very different land and society than how we left it 12 years before. We quickly saw how a major sector of the population had lost its moral compass. And how Christians were being marginalized and some even persecuted for the convictions of their faith.
And quite frankly, as an extreme introvert, I wrestled with the temptation to hide. However, in recent months I’ve seen numbers of courageous God-fearing people in prominent places stand boldly for decency, truth and the right, even though they knew they were actually putting their lives in jeopardy. They are my heroes! They helped me find the courage to resist the temptation to hide.
So here I am, putting together a blog for all the world to see! I’ll be writing very practical things about what God has been teaching me about how to live victoriously in the midst of our tumultuous times. I hope it will minister hope, inspiration, and challenge to you as well.
God has called His people to live in shalom (1 Cor. 7:15). But How?!
So here we are in an unstable world of impending darkness and chaos! How do God’s people face such an uncertain future without fear and anxiety, or even sheer panic?! In times of disaster how do the people of God survive, and even thrive? How do we find enough grace and shalom for ourselves, in order to be able to minister God’s grace and shalom to those in need around us?
It would seem that in the meantime, while we wait for Messiah’s return, God wants His people to prepare to be His agents in the midst of the chaos. To preserve decency, truth, and righteousness. To be shining lights to the lost souls around us.
I rest in the assurance that:
- God still cares about His children – He knows our needs
- His promises are still as sure and faithful as they have always been!
- He is still on the throne and in control of the affairs of nations.
- He is our strength and our song, and the Lord who is our strength and our song has become our salvation! (Ex. 15:2)
- He Himself is our shalom! (Eph. 2:14; 1 Thess. 5:23)
Yes, it appears a dark flood is beginning to pour in!
So let’s keep our focus on our BIG GOD! Jesus said it would be this way in the last days before His return, and so He warned us to be on our guard. That we not allow the worries of life to drive us to depression, despair, fear, or even panic. God help us not to get bogged down in the worries of life, with the multiplicity of anxieties, so that the day of the Lord doesn’t “come upon [us] suddenly like a trap. For it will come rushing upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.” That’s why Yeshua exhorted us to stay alert at all times! And pray! So that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are about to happen. And so that you will be able to end up still standing straight and tall before the Son of Man with confidence. (Lk 21:34-36, TLV).
Messiah will return!
Shalom! Yes, even in our times!
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