And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:4-14).
Today’s Morsel: There seems to be trouble on the horizon. It seems as though everything we read or hear is dealing with troubles. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12 that because iniquity (wicked injustice) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. He goes on to say in Luke 21: 26 that man's heart would fail him for looking at the things that are coming upon the earth. When Thomas Paine cried out in Valley Forge, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” I think he might have been giving us a prophetic look at what we would be facing today. Trouble just seems to be standing in the wing waiting to attack. The Psalmist said “I am so troubled that I cannot speak” (Psalms 77:4). What could drive you to a point of so much trouble that you can’t speak? Beloved, if you ever get to this point in your life, always remember that Jesus is the antidote for the troubled mind. He tells us, “Let not your hearts be troubled you believe in God believe also in me” (John 14:1), and “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthews 11:28-30). When life seems confused, Jesus still offers us hope through His Word. So read it and heed it, it is the only thing that will get you through these troubled times.
Sing: Jesus is here right now, reach out and touch him; Jesus is here right now, yours to receive; Jesus is standing near, ready your heart to cheer, Jesus is here right now, only believe.