Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 12, 2011

An Aside on World Events

There is reputedly an old Chinese curse that says “May you live in interesting times.” The idea here is interesting times will be troubled times and a source of discomfort and concern. I doubt that I’ll get much argument when I say we are living in interesting times.

If one checks the news, one is inundated with reports of mayhem and disaster wherever one looks. Rioting, famine, war, death and numerous other types of terrible things seem to be happening all over the world.

How should we, as Christians, view all of this calamity? We have two clearly defined options; we can walk by sight or walk by faith. Walking by sight is life under the control of the sin nature; walking by faith is life under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Paul points out in the 14th chapter of Romans that “whatever is not of faith is sin.” If we are fearful or even apprehensive of events being described in the news then we are sinning and need to confess our sins and restore the control of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Spirit controlled life is described in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Notice particularly in the context of this article the inclusion of the quality of peace; although there is no peace in the world you can have peace within.

One of my favorite choruses is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” The words of the refrain are, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

These words are always with me and serve as a constant reminder of where my priorities should be placed; I’ve found it impossible to rejoice in the Lord and worry about world events at the same time. We have the choice of looking at life from the divine viewpoint or the human viewpoint and I’ve found the divine viewpoint works much better.

I am convinced the return of the Lord for His church is imminent. If that is true the things of earth will never again be the same. Although Luke 21:28 specifically applies to the Second Advent, I believe the principle can be applied to the church today. “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth near.”

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 – If you’re rejoicing in the Lord, you won’t be worrying about the world.


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  1. Amen, and amen! 🙂

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  2. What a great reminder, with everything seemingly going wrong in the world. Besides the economy fiasco, I have such a burden for our water situation, no rain and the drought .And then I just watched a report on the gang killings in Mexico that are out of control. I know these things have happened in the past, but when we are the ones living in these terrible times, I can’t help but pray for the Lord’s blessings and for His will to be done, not mine. Oh for faith that could move a mountain!

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    • It is reassuring to me to know that God is in complete control of everything; nothing that is happening is catching God by surprise. As I look around the world scene I see prophecy being fulfilled everywhere, I see God’s hand of judgment. As bad as it is now it will only get worse as the end times get ever closer; God’s plan will be fulfilled on God’s timetable, which is absolutely certain.

      We, as believers, are God’s ambassadors to this world. God’s plan is to call His ambassadors home before He declares war. If we are as close to the return of the Lord as I think, things will grow steadily worse; we can rejoice that our times are in His hands.

      Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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  3. I’ve always loved the Kohanim prayer. I especially love the Sundays when Paster Quinatos (sp?) gives that prayer as the benediction . . . I walk away feeling like I’ve really been *blessed.*

    But it wasn’t until this past year that I realized that the third line was not just about peace, but HIS peace. And that’s a big difference.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you,
    May the Lord shine upon you and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord show you favor and give you His peace.

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    • The Lord gave that prayer to Moses for Aaron and his sons to bless the children of Israel in Numbers 6:22-27; it is a prayer directly from the Lord for blessing and it is a thing of beauty. God’s peace is both temporal and eternal.

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