We all stand open, stripped of our pretense and masks, before God.
None of us can say that we have arrived, and come to where we should be. We are all very much, ‘a work in progress,’ and this will continue until we meet the One who is to come.
So then having said this, may we at least try to love our neighbors as ourselves?
Can we at least attempt to listen to the stories of others, and to see what if anything, that we share in common with them?
We fall short in many ways, of doing these things, and we are all guilty. There are so many petty things that we argue about. There is much that is said and done, only for the benefit of ourselves.
We truly do live in desperate times. But we are so desperate for truth . For without truth, we are open to believe everything that we see and hear.
We are swayed by this opinion and that one. We swallow the latest thing that pretends to be reality, when in fact it is just another falsehood disguised as something factual.
There is so much heartache and loss around us, and much of this is perhaps due to the conditions either economically, emotionally, or the wide world in which we live.
Whatever your opinion is of the days in which we now live, one would walk as a blind man if he or she, would say that the world has always been like this.
Truly, we have always had wars. We have always had floods and widespread fires, and have faced severe economic hard times throughout history.
But the multiplicity of intense changes in all of these areas, and the coldness of men’s hearts, leads me to see that the pages have turned prophetically.
And yet to many, this goes without saying, for many of our eyes have been opened to this truth now for some time.
But even those whose eyes have been opened to the times in which we now live, deception and an unawareness of the enemy’s schemes, becomes even a greater threat.
For it happens even in the subtleness of communication with others, and in our friendships. One wonders at times perhaps who they might trust. While it is wise to keep to ourselves and measure our words, all of us need friends and companionship.
Even though everything around us appears to be chaotic and fast-paced, shouldn’t mean that we need to be.
Perhaps if we slow down and pace ourselves through it all, maybe then we can see what really is more important in front of us. Maybe then we can answer a harsh word with calm, and to learn to live above the anger and fear that is all around us.
What if all of us chose our words more carefully?
What if we listened more and talked less?
Oh my goodness… what if we actually jumped off of our political bandwagons, and chose to help those who are hurting and lost?
And yet even as I now write this, I wonder if it could actually happen. But even if just a few of us began, then a fire would burn and ignite others to do the same.
Each day comes and already it’s evening again . I look at the sun as it slowly begins to go beyond the mountain, and wonder why this day is already coming to a close.
Time seems to be so fleeting; sometimes I wish I could just slow it down and remember each moment and learn from it. But unfortunately, we don’t have this ability. All we can do is to live our days making the most of our time:
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16.
Each of us has the same amount of time given to them each day, and each of us can use our time wisely or foolishly.
We don’t know for certain what will happen each day. Our lives are truly like a vapor going here and there, involved in a multitude of different things.
But in spite of any upcoming difficulties or even catastrophes, we can be assured that God will always be there leading the way, if we would but open our eyes and have ears to hear.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?