Unless you are hiding under a rock, then you know that we are in a place we haven’t been in many years. Some say the world stage hasn’t been this tense since World War II. World War II ended in 1945. Here we are, 76 years later, and I have to tell you, the world is on edge.
I know things are serious when multiple news media outlets in the United States talk about Russia and Ukraine. News outlets worldwide are also talking about the Russia-Ukraine crisis, so it is serious.
To get a broader picture of what is happening, I listen to multiple news stations outside the United States. Why? Because many of those news outlets cover what is happening in their backyard. They cover much of what happens in the United States too.
Each day that passes brings assumptions, hypotheses, estimations, new revelations, and more military support and movement surrounding the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
What? Where? When? How?
What will happen and when? No one on this earth knows, only God. God is the only one who truly knows what is in the hearts of the men involved in this crisis. God knew a long time ago this day would come. What is happening today on the world stage is no surprise to God Almighty.
If what they say is true about Biden’s foreign policy record, having zero wins in his foreign policy career, I cannot imagine Russia being the first one to give him a foreign policy win.
So what are we to do in the meantime as we watch the world players move around like chess pieces?
Pray and look up during these tumultuous times because our only hope should be focused on the Lord God, who knows all things.
Look, we don’t know what will happen. When you look around the world, so many people live in chaos.
Canada is chaotic from the trucker’s protests. Trucker protests are spreading to other countries, including the United States.
The United States has its issues with inflation, rising gas and food prices, supply chain issues, and election uncertainty.
Europe is on edge because of what is happening with Russia and Ukraine.
The Middle East is a hotbed of activity.
Iran is trying to build nukes as fast as possible to wipe out Israel.
China is just finished hosting the winter games.
North Korea is making noise testing its multiple missile systems.
The situations around the world change hourly.
Some good news
Our God does not change!
The problem with current events today is technology has significantly advanced, and war games have taken on a whole new dimension. We aren’t in 1945 anymore, Toto. Powerful countries can use cyber warfare, nukes, and hypersonic missiles to weaken or destroy their enemy. This isn’t a joke anymore. One wrong move, and we’re looking at big problems.
I don’t want to depress you but
Throw in multiple earthquakes, freaky weather, forest fires, lawlessness, random, senseless murders, deception, lies, and the like, and folks, we are not looking good. But am I surprised that everything is happening at once? No.
How can I say that?
Because my Bible tells me the world will get worse. This is happening, and we’re told it is going to happen. If you don’t know that, maybe you haven’t read your Bible lately.
Mark 13:8, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.”
Not all commentators agree on the timing of this verse. Some say it will happen while the church is still on this earth; others say it occurs after the church is raptured. If it occurs after the church is raptured, we are getting a preview of what life will be like on earth for those left behind. Look good? No.
The pressure is building.
I feel like we all live inside a pressure cooker. Someone threw everyone in, locked the lid, pressed the button, and pressure is building. We will get to a point when the pressure becomes so great the cover will blow off. Fortunate or unfortunate, we aren’t there yet, but we are closer than we have been in many years.
Are these reasons to be discouraged? To some yes, to others no.
How do I get through each day knowing that World War III could start at any moment or that gas prices could continue to rise, food shelves continue to stay bare, and tensions continue to escalate?
I pray, read my Bible, look up, and talk to the Lord throughout each day. I have to, or I would go nuts. I don’t want to hide my head in the sand and pretend I don’t know what’s happening. There are too many news outlets watching and waiting. I must be prepared without allowing what is happening to take me over mentally.
My prayer is for more people to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior so they, too, can have hope. My prayer time consists of praying for our nation and countries worldwide. I pray for the Lord’s hedge of protection to surround me and all those I love.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with what is happening today. It humbles me, and I am grateful I am not living in their shoes. I can’t help but think of those people who live under the daily threats of missile attacks and invasions.
A few weeks ago, a military helicopter flew over my house two days in a row. You talk about scared. The noise was so loud I sat frozen in my chair as I searched the skies out my bedroom window for the source of the noise. And then I saw it – the biggest helicopter I have ever seen flew over my house at a low altitude. My mind immediately went to all the people who live with that fear every day, the threat of missile attacks and sirens going off in the middle of the night, not knowing if the defense systems would protect them and their children.
We are blessed to live in America, but let us not get so comfortable thinking something like that could never happen to us. Times have changed, and we can get as uncomfortable as our brothers and sisters across the map.
Let us not waver in seeking the Lord each day. Thank God for what we have been given, and pray for our country, families, and friends. Read your Bible, and don’t be afraid to tell the Lord how you feel about what is happening. God can handle those conversations.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I believe the Lord knows, and God is faithful.
The Teaching Lady