I’m taking a few posts to talk about understanding God’s timetable. Do we really understand the times we’re living in? In my last post I talk about Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees about not understanding their times. Are we guilty of the same problem?
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1
Paul literally wrote to Timothy that he needed to know this truth. In the last days – that’s us – there will be dangerous times. What does that mean?
This word terrible comes from a root which means lowering down into a chasm. I have watched rock climbers going up the face of a sheer cliff. That’s what this verse is talking about.
Serving God in the last days is like repelling off the edge of a mile high cliff. We live in dangerous times.
No, they’re not physically dangerous – at least here in America. But they are spiritually perilous.
If we are going to live a victorious Christian life, then we need to know this and act accordingly. We need the spiritual discernment of the Holy Spirit.
You wouldn’t think of going off the edge of a cliff without training and the right equipment. Think in those terms about being a believer in this generation.
At this time, many are living for self. It’s as though they’re “flying by the seat of their pants” in their Christian walk.
This is not the generation to do that. In times past you could get by just attending church on Sundays and doing your own thing the rest of the week. At the present time we don’t have the luxury of “floating along in Christ.”
That brings me back to a verse I looked at in my last post.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
Rock climbers have to concentrate on every move. They can’t afford even a momentary lapse in judgment. Many have been severely injured or even killed because of a distraction during their climb.
This is not the time for God’s people to be distracted by the world. We need to turn our attention and focus back to Christ. We must seek His will, and what He wants accomplished in and through our lives.
Don’t become a victim of the dangerous times we’re living in.
Question: How is this present time spiritually dangerous?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014