Devotions

Terrible Times

2 Timothy 3:1 (NIV):  But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

Our world seems to be a mess. Nuclear threats, demonstrations in American cities that destroy homes and businesses, politicians supporting the killing of babies just before they are born, gasoline prices skyrocketing… the list goes on.

Are we in the “last days”?

Times seem to be terrible, don’t they? Perhaps they are, but perhaps we need some perspective.

First, I don’t want to discount anyone’s personal struggles. They are real. The invasion of Ukraine is real. People are dying.

I don’t know when Jesus will return. I do know that we are now one day closer. I also know that the terrible times that Paul referred to seem to be increasing.

Of course in the next verses Paul shares a list of what he considers to be “terrible:” People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:2-5, NIV)

Oh my goodness. This particular list doesn’t even have war on it. The terrible things are more about what individuals embrace. As I look at the list I must be honest. Sometimes I am guilty of these things.

My response to this is a deepening of my need for Jesus. By submitting to His Lordship in my life, I can best live the life He desires for me. He does not desire the terrible things that Paul shares. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit in me can I hope to be His tool to love others in a world that is in need.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that I fall short of your standard. At times, I am terrible. I am a sinner in need of Jesus as my Savior. My world needs hope as we all face tough times. May Your peace show through me, even in terrible times.

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