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Feb 12 2013

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A Certain Hope for Uncertain Times

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Guest Post by Kathi Macias

 

 

 

I’ve noticed that a lot of people tend to be dividing into two different camps lately: those who run around pulling their hair and screaming that the sky is falling, and those who have no clue nor do they care what’s going on beyond their own little self-developed bubble in centered lives. This wouldn’t disturb me so much if it were strictly unbelievers reacting this way, but even some Christians seem caught up in one or the other of these behaviors.

 

I have a tendency to lean toward the screamers, since I too sense we are living in perilous times. But then again, when in history have times not been perilous, at least somewhere in the globe? Of course, I don’t want to discount prophecy, and it’s difficult not to listen to the news and try to line it up with Scripture. But whether we’re in the last days, the next-to-last days, or the last of the last days, is stocking up on peanut butter and toilet paper really what we are called to do as Christians?

 

All right, I admit that I’m of practical German stock, and I like the feeling of security I get from being out of debt and having enough canned soup on hand to last me until the millennium—just in case. My favorite scenario is that Jesus will arrive and scoop us up before the going gets REALLY tough, but Jesus Himself told us that no one knows the day or the hour when He will return. The only thing we can know for certain is that He WILL come…and when He does, it will be at the perfect time.

 

So where does that leave us, particularly as we work our way through 2013, with looming economic problems, terrorist threats, and uncertainty at every turn? It leaves us in exactly the same place as when things were going more smoothly and everything seemed right within our own little world. It wasn’t right, of course; it only seemed that way because our personal life situation wasn’t threatened.

 

And that’s the point. People have lived with threats and wars and terrorism and economic instability since Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden. Might we be living at the end of the age, when everything comes to a head and Jesus really does return? Most certainly. Then again…

 

It really doesn’t matter, for how we live is not to be based on what we think tomorrow might bring, but rather on what God has called us to do TODAY.

  • “Every commandment which I command you TODAY you must be careful to observe…” (Deuteronomy 8:1, emphasis added).
  • “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for THE DAY is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34, emphasis added).
  • “TODAY, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7-8, emphasis added).

 

We are called to be faithful TODAY—not to lament our failures of yesterday or fret about tomorrow. If we are true believers, then we are to be about the Father’s business, as Jesus was when He walked the earth. We are to fulfill the Great Commission of going into all the world to proclaim the gospel and make disciples. That’s what we need to focus on TODAY—whether tomorrow seems to threaten turmoil or promise peace. For the Scriptures are clear that regardless of what we face, God’s thoughts and plans for us are “of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

My most recent release, The Moses Quilt, is a contemporary romance told against the backdrop of the life of one of America’s greatest heroines, Harriet Tubman. This amazing woman of faith and courage was born into slavery and went through life uneducated and nearly penniless. And yet she not only escaped slavery herself but went back into the “lion’s den” nineteen times to successfully lead out about 300 other slaves, including her elderly parents—all the time knowing there was a “wanted dead or alive” bounty on her head. How was she able to do it? By refusing to allow the circumstances to dissuade her from following what she believed was God’s call on her life. She stood on God’s promises, scriptures she had memorized from hearing others recite them because she was unable to read, and lived accordingly.

 

Those same promises that fortified Harriet Tubman’s courage are available to us. With that in mind, we don’t need to scream and pull our hair, nor do we need to hide within our personal safety bubbles and ignore the world around us. God is calling us to so much more; He is calling us to be about His business and to enter into those plans and thoughts He has for us…to give us a future and a hope, just as Harriet Tubman and so many others did before us.

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Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com) is an award-winning author of 40 books. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.

 

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Kathi Macias

Kathi Macias (www.kathimacias.com) is an award-winning author of 40 books. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Al.

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  1. Kathi Macias

    Thanks so much for the chance to post on your blog. Blessings to you and your readers/followers! I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Kathi, I am honored that you guest posted on my blog. Blessings

  2. Barbara

    HI Kathi, thanks for sharing today. The Lord taught me something profound when I traveled with my husband to a foreign country (France) for 5 months with our 2 year old. As hard as I tried to prepare for what I would encounter…. I learned that I could never have planned ahead. The only preparation that will work is obeying God in our daily walk. For certain, He wlil show us what we need to do today, which will surely take care of the future. He even fixes our mistakes if we haven’t planned properly. Surely He is a God who has the whole world in His hands. Best regards, Barbara

    P.S. Last summer, I saw this quote of Harriet Tubman’s, and loved it… so I’m sharing it with you. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Barbara, that is an awesome quote. Have you read the Moses Quilt, it is a great book.

  3. Jaynessa

    A great reminder of what we should be doing, it’s not about looking for signs everywhere we go, or stockpiling dry foods, but it’s about getting out there and telling others of His love. Leading others to Christ, so that they too are prepared! Sure it is wise to be sure we have some food and water stored up in case it’s needed, but our focus should be on living today and telling others of the message!

    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Jaynessa, thanks for stopping by and for your comment – yes, it is important to focus on Christ and telling others about eternal life.

  4. Jennifer

    I love the idea of simply being faithful! Thanks for this post. This is my first time to the site, and I am subscribing.
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    1. Retha Groenewald

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and for subscribing. I trust you will enjoy it here. Yes, simply being faithful is what it is all about.

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