Is the end of the world coming? Like, the actual apocalypse?
Or just the end of an age?
Or is war, pestilence and famine on the horizon…Or WHAT?
Is it just me, or have you noticed that tension is building all over the world? And I don’t just mean all of our junk in the U.S.—like Planned Parenthood, Sex Trafficking, and the fact that our economy is tanking and also, our government might shut down next month…
Or what about all the crazy stuff abroad—like all of the countries that are pretty mad at us right now, or the fact that some scientists thought it would be cool to open a portal that could bridge our world with “other dimensions.” (A.K.A. the spirit world as some believe-just Google CERN or check out this video for some info:
I honestly don’t have a clue as to what is headed our way, but let’s start with a thought you may not have had yet:
If you haven’t already begun, start to prepare. And make haste.
Our ears and eyes must be open during this time, listening to the all whispers that are slowly and steadily becoming a roar. Nobody fully knows what is coming, but many believe something is coming.
Head in The Sand
I admit I am the first to turn a blind eye to the horrors on the news and social media. But with all the ominous details stacking up about so, so many things that can lead to disaster—all at once—I simply had to make myself look.
Because of this Molotov cocktail of events, I have decided to prepare physically. As I’ve tried to stock pile the resources I might need to weather a tough season of life, I keep coming up with one conclusion:
No matter how much water, food or medicine I buy, IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH.
I feel so awkward going into the store buying way more water and toilet paper than I actually need in order to store up for a disaster than I can’t see coming.
Which is why I began to think, maybe I am “stock piling” the WRONG THING.
So, from me to you, here are four practical things you can do to prepare physically and spiritually for “the end of the world,” or the end of the age, or whatever is coming your way—even if that happens to be a beautiful day when everything “goes right.”
- Watch and Pray. And pray, pray, pray some more.
I’m praying differently these days. As I look around, the things that normally give me pleasure seem more like distractions from what is really important. With all this talk about the end of the world, few are acting like they really believe it is coming. While I don’t know what’s coming, I do know this—whatever my future holds, I need to be in close communion with the One who holds it.
But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
- Stock-pile the Word.
I realized how stinkin’ spoiled rotten we are with our little bible apps and technology hacks. I don’t know as much of the Bible as I’d like because I can always Google a verse or whatever. But what about times when I can’t have access to those things? I will be thrown into the lion’s den of spiritual drought. So, I am on a mission to gather verses—solid meat to feed me when times get rough, when I can’t just scroll through my phone to find a verse.
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. (Job 23:12b)
- Gather some supplies as the Lord leads.
My husband decided to buy a little extra stuff, and we saw our purchase as an investment. We figured we will use it in our house even if there is no emergency. We didn’t get a ton, but we did something. And like I said, no matter how much we could amass it will never, ever be enough. That is God’s job. He alone wants to be our “enough,” and it is supplied through HIS power, not “stuff.”
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter1:2-4)
- Make sure your faith is solely resting in Jesus Christ. (Last and certainly not least)
There is no greater peace in such a time as this than knowing you are signed, sealed and DELIVERED from the wrath of God! And that one day, you will be able to joy in Heaven worshipping the God who created you, and the Savior who redeemed you!
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:10-11)
If you don’t know Jesus, it’s not the end of the world…yet.
Here’s a little video by Matt Chandler explaining our need for Jesus Christ. Faith alone in Christ alone saves us from the wrath to come.
And some thoughts from Francis Chan:
Both photos found at Morguefile