FAITH IN THE AGE OF TERRORISM
(Luke 18:8) . . . when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Truly we live in a time of terrorism. We hear of horrible atrocities overseas and we have faced them even on our own shores. What is going on with our world? Why are things so out of control? Why can’t the world get a hold of this problem? How can a small group of people wreak so much devastation around the world? Let’s take a look at terrorism from a Biblical perspective:
GOD PROMISED THERE WOULD BE TERROR IN THE LAND AS A PUNISHMENT FOR TURNING AWAY FROM HIM. (Lev 26:15-17) and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, 16 I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you . . . 17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. God created this world and gave us His laws. If we violate those precepts, then He said He would judge us. God warned Israel not to turn away from Him, but they did, and they suffered severely for it. What an example this is to any nation that leaves God out of its national life. (Read Lev 26; Deu 28)
WHAT CAN CHRISTIANS DO TO COMBAT TERRORISM? We are to pray! (1 Tim 2:1-2) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (Jer 29:7) And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.
WE ARE TO BE FAITH-FULL AND NOT FEAR-FULL. (Psa 91:5) You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day. (Pro 3:25-26) Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. (Isa 54:14) In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. (John 14:1) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
THERE WILL BE UNIVERSAL TERROR ON THE EARTH DURING THE TRIBULATION. (Isa 2:19) They shall go into the holes of the rocks, And into the caves of the earth, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily. The world hasn’t seen anything yet. Read the book of Revelation where terror will cover the earth after the church is taken up in the rapture and deposited safely into the presence of the Lord forever.
Let us live confidently and avoid fear. God is in control, and His peace can reign in our hearts, so we may do His will in simple trust (Isa 26:3; Phil 4:6-7; Col 3:15; 2 Tim 1:7; 1 John 4:18)