Troubled by Trouble?

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Many times I am much happier when I’m not listening to the news on TV.  Yesterday, I was out for most of the morning and early afternoon.  When I came home around 2:00 pm, my husband informed me that the Jordanian pilot, that was being held by ISIS, was burned alive in a cage in the desert.  There is a 22 minute video showing this horrific death.  I cannot bring myself to view it.  However, this morning, Fox News channel shared Shepard Smith’s verbal description of what was done to this man, including the dropping of cement on top of his dead and burned body.

Later this morning, a Fox News Contributor stated that this act of barbarism was satanic.  That is the first time that I have heard anyone label acts of terrorism as “satanic.”  Walid Phares also appeared on Fox this morning and said that the burning of the man was significant because it is supposedly against the Muslim religion to kill someone that way.  Hmmm….could Zero and his ilk be correct that this particular terrorist group is not genuinely “Islamic”?  Nah…I don’t think so.  Since when have any  “rules” stopped radical Islamist terrorists from doing any type of horrific act?  With the concept of taqiyya – where it is permissible for Muslims to lie in order to get their way – any unimaginable act of evil can be perpetrated by Islamic terrorists!  They are truly satanic.  No doubt about it.

 

In an upcoming devotional, Dr. David Jeremiah writes:

Troubled by Trouble?

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.  Mark 13:7

[Recommended reading:  Mark 13:5-13*]

The newspapers are filled with troubling stories–frightening pandemics and deadly viruses; radical extremists swallowing vast chunks of the Middle East; biblical standards collapsing in a culture that no longer fears the Lord.  But remember, these things are predicted in advance.  Notice that Jesus didn’t say “If you hear…,”  but “When you hear…”  Trouble will come, yet our Lord told us not to be troubled by trouble.

The Psalms teach us the same lesson.  Ponder these verses:  “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion…This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles…God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights…Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me.”  (Psalm 27:5;34:6; 46:1; 119:143; 138:7).

It’s not if but when.  Yet God’s answer to trouble is trust; our answer to fear is faith.

Turning Point

Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven…Am I in trouble?  I can obtain help for trouble by faith.

Charles Spurgeon, from his sermon “The Necessity of Increased Faith”

* Mark 13:4-13

Mark 13:4

“Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?”

Mark 13:5

And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

Mark 13:6

“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.

Mark 13:7

“But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet.

Mark 13:8

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. [fn] These are the beginnings of sorrows.

Mark 13:9

“But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought [fn] before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.

Mark 13:10

“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

Mark 13:11

“But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate [fn] what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

Mark 13:12

“Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.

Mark 13:13

“And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. [bold mine]

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No amount of philosophizing about a world without God brings hope…Atheism is bankrupt for answers.

Ravi Zacharias, in The End of Reason

 

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