We live in difficult times.  Many Christians are confused and disillusioned wondering how we should live.  Some blogs I have visited would have us storing up food in preparation for shortages.  Others would have us buying solar panels and batteries in case we lose access to the power grid.  I’ve even read some families gathering guns and ammunition in case the government takes away the right to bear arms.

Sounds crazy, right?

Today’s ‘Question For the Day’ in the ‘Good Morning, LORD! devotion gives us a biblical perspective.

QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

I have some Christian friends who are telling me that the United States is being dismantled by a world conspiracy, the dollar will be worth very little in the near future and Obama isn’t a lawful President—something about his birth certificate. They are fully convinced of all this and it worries me. They are saying I should store food and purchase a radar-deflecting tent so I can get my family out of the city to a safe place when it all falls apart. Is this predicted anywhere in the Bible?

ANSWER:

If they really are, “Christian friends,” they don’t have a clue about leading a Christ-centered life. The number one problem is that they leave God out of the equation. Whether we understand what’s going on or not, and whether we like the circumstances or not, we are assured that God is fully in control and He allows each and every leader to be in power, for His purposes.

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Rom. 13:1

“By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice.
Prov. 8:15

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
Prov. 21:1

So God was not “surprised” when President Obama was elected. Quite the contrary. God allowed him to be elected and will use him for His purposes, to accomplish His will.

When Peter kept his eyes on the Lord, he could walk on water. But when he began to look at the wind and waves around him, taking his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink (Matt 14:28-31).

You are not responsible for circumstances beyond your control, but are responsible and accountable for your responses to your circumstances. A balanced response to any of your friend’s concerns would include an eternal perspective. In the scenario your friends are espousing, do you think you could better serve God by hiding on a mountain top, or by helping your friends, family and neighbors around you in a time of crisis by giving them eternal truths? If things get really bad, you will have the God-given opportunity to witness about the things that count. You have eternal answers so why would you want to hide your light? Rather than being worried, a situation like that would be an incredible opportunity to reach many who may not have been interested in the past!

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord …, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God”
2Tim. 1:8

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Mark 8:35

As far as storing food, the Bible is VERY clear that up until the Lord comes for His church at the Rapture, there will be a functioning economy, food, social events, etc.

“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed“.
Luke 17:26-30

Regarding President Obama, we are commanded to be subject to our leaders (Rom 13:1) respect our leaders (1 Pet 2:13), pray for our leaders (1Tim 2:1-2) and pay our taxes (Ro 13:7). And these commandments were given when they were burning Christians on poles for party lights. But we know that one day, everyone, including Barack Hussein Obama, will meet and bend their knees to the Lord Jesus Christ.

so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”
Phil. 2:10

Regarding the United States possibly descending from its perch of being the most powerful nation in the world, we wrote an article about a Biblical nation whose characteristics only fit the U.S. That nation is wiped out, but it happens, thankfully, POST RAPTURE. You can read about the characteristics of that nation on our web site: compass.org. Click on, “Compass Communique,” in the middle of the home page and then click on the article, “America in Bible Prophecy.”

 

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