Yes, these are troubled times. Times when the enemy can’t be pointed out. In times past, at least when
we went to war, we could tell by their uniforms…even by their helmets…who we were fighting. But now, even some
of our own people are siding with those who want us dead, and so we can’t point out the person in robe and turban as
the one to shun. And we even begin to doubt our own leaders, as to what they’re thinking, and whether they’re
asking for guidance from our God, Jehovah.
But I have a consolation. As Christians, even though we are the main ones this new enemy wants to erase from
the earth…as Christians, we have a consolation. I’ve found at least 24 times in our Holy Bible that God is in
charge! And that includes in both Old and New testaments. For example, Daniel, when King Nebuchadnezzar was about to have
he and the other wise men of Babylon (where Daniel had been taken when the Babylonians had conquered Israel)…when the
King forgot what he had dreamed, and was about to have all his wise men beheaded because they couldn’t tell him the
interpretation…Daniel told him that his God “removeth kings, and setteth up kings.” And in Acts, 26:26,
Paul reminded us that God “decided beforehand when (nations) should rise and fall.”
And so here is that consolation for Christians: We can be concerned about what’s happening in the world,
but we don’t have to wring our hands as to the outcome. Even as nations rise and fall, we are in God’s hands,
and will ultimately be safe with Him. It’s up to each of us to choose whether to face the things of this world with
no hope; we can choose to live for Christ, and at the close of this brief life, no matter how our life ends here, that we
have The Promise. We can have human peace right now, by allowing Christ’s comfort, with everlasting peace in our next
And this is worth repeating from earlier Conquest articles: This world is the only heaven sinners will ever
know, while this world is the only hell that Christians will ever know. Considering this wisp of smoke we call today, to the
eternity in Heaven, there is no comparison. If you haven’t already, make your decision now to get on the winning side.
Think about it.
37BT Bill Thornton August 6, 2007
A positive thing about knowing real need is that it's so much easier to be truly thankful later