God is a covenant-keeping God and is merciful even to a thousand generations to those who love him; so we can trust him because He is totally faithful, merciful and also righteous. He is always aware of the faithful Christians who lived their lives and service for him on European soil in the past centuries until today, for some even to the point of martyrdom. Our only security is in remaining under his Lordship and protection.
Psalm 46:1-6 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
Did you say change, really…?
Many have thought and still do that God has long been out of touch with his world, outdated by modernity, rationality, humanism, technology and science - and mockers say “Where is the promise of His coming?" But nothing is new under the sun…
2Peter 3:1-2 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
2Peter 3:3-7 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
One way you can define a thing or a concept is by defining or describing its opposite. In the same way too, God can show us and display to us what life and society looks like when he is out of our picture because we have shut him out of just about every sphere of our lives. The result is obviously pitiful.
Romans 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper
But dear reader, God is a covenant-keeping God and is merciful even to a thousand generations to those who love him; so we can trust him because He is totally faithful, merciful and also righteous. He is always aware of the faithful Christians who lived their lives and service for him on European soil in the past centuries until today, for some even to the point of martyrdom.
He is all the more aware of the sacrifice of his faithful Son, Jesus, the Messiah, who suffered, died and rose again also for all the peoples of Europe as much as for the rest of the world. Our God has already revealed Himself to a dying world through his Son and as covenant-keeping loving Sovereign Father and is going to do it more and more for the love of this lost generation. He will never deny Himself but will always confirm this blessed universal revelation of Him through Christ.
This text also shows us in what manner God reveals himself .
Psalm 18:25-29 With the kind You show Yourself kind; With the blameless You show Yourself blameless; With the pure You show Yourself pure,
And with the crooked You show Yourself astute. For You save an afflicted people,
But haughty eyes You abase. For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.
God will yet manifest himself by putting more and more order in this messy world; he wants to bring his creation back in proper balance starting with His Church.
1Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Everything that can be shaken will be; no use to try to hold on to the “branches”, to the “paint brush”, even less to idols or false subsitutes of real grounded and rooted spirituality ! The only security is in remaining under his Lordship and protection, walking daily in humility, dependence and reverence of him.
So, be of good cheer, believer AND unbeliever ! The Lord is about to show all of us how well he IS in charge ! But beware, some of us may not always enjoy the way he will demonstrate his power and authority !
Satan who is the “master-destroyer“ also knows his time is short, and is really mad at the thought of it as are all his friends ! But OUR GOD IS ON THE THRONE!
Time’s running out on him…
Revelation 12:12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”