“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”(2 Timothy 3:1-5).
There is no question about it, the world is on the brink of perilous times, if not already in it. When we look around at things going on today, it is easy to see that it is just like the Bible predicted. Paul’s description in chapter 3 of Second Timothy sounds very much like today.
Because of what is happening in the world, many Christians are fearful and uncertain of the future.
This kind of fear does not come from God. It comes from Satan. Instead of fear we should have power. God gives us power to overcome Satan and move forward. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Love never fails. It is the only way to combat the hate that is so prevalent today.
God has given us the answer of how to stand in perilous times. In Ephesians, 6:12-13, we are told to put on the full armor of God. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” No matter what happens around us, we are told to keep standing. God is with us and because He is, we can live in peace when the world is in turmoil.
The Word of God confirms this in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” If we constantly look at how bad a situation is, peace will elude us. If we always wonder, “What are we going to do?” or “How are we going to make it?” fear will grip our hearts. Peace comes when our eyes are fixed on the Lord. So, let’s make up our minds to always keep our focus on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. That’s where our peace comes from.