Thursday, March 5, 2009

Conspiracy Relief


In today's world, many people are starting to get a feeling of impending doom. Have you noticed that? I have noticed that you can talk to nominal Christians, diehard Christians, non-Christians, and even Muslims, and you will discover that a large percentage of people are getting the feeling that "something" is about to happen.

This can be seen in Hollywood, where movies are made every few years that experiment with the idea of how the world may finally come to its final violent end. This can be seen in the popularity of books that claim to have figured out when "it's all going to end," quoting Nostradamus, and noting the Mayan calendar. This can also be seen in the popularity of web-sites giving tips and advice for long-term survival without electricity or running water or accessibility of grocery stores or money, in order to get food.

I live in Texas, and it might be noted that the popularity of conspiracy theories in the Lone Star State seems to be more prevalent than in other states. If you've ever seen the animated sitcom, "King of the Hill," i'll tell you that the character of Dale Gribble is not really that far off from more than a handful of people i have met or even have known on a long term basis. But i digress.

The steam engine is becoming more popular (believe it or not), and some people, specifically out in the woods, are raising animals such as goats and chickens, not because that's what they've always done, but because they feel that "something" is going to happen, and they are going to have to fend for themselves, and they want to be prepared.

That's what i want to talk about: being prepared. Yes, i agree that having a back-up plan is important. I, personally, have plans for a garden, and yes, a steam engine. But when it comes right down to reality. As the time of the end approaches, there is only one sure way to be prepared. You must prepare your soul. I believe in the Bible, and i am a Christian, and i believe that Jesus Christ will soon come back to planet Earth; and i have a feeling that things might get really rough before that happens. And i might grow a garden and dig a shelter and can a year's worth of food and have all my preparations in order, but if a nuclear bomb takes out Coldspring Texas, all of those preparations will have been for nothing.

But if a nuclear bomb hits Coldspring Texas, and my earthly life is over, i personally will have nothing to worry about, because i have prepared my soul. I have surrendered my life and my soul to Jesus Christ, and i will have gained an early entrance into eternity.

But if you have prepared ten years or twenty years worth of preparations, and you dig your shelter extra deep, and you make sure your steam engine is running, and something happens, and you die anyway, and you did not prepare your soul, then what was it worth? It was worth nothing. You also, will have gained an early entrance into eternity, but i wouldn't call it a gain. Your soul will be lost.

If, on the third hand, you have prepared your soul, and you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you have or have not prepared with food and energy and water, and the troubles come, you will be able to lean on the Word of God, which says that

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday...
... "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him...
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation. - Psalm 91


Please, be prepared.

4 comments:

  1. That's the way to relief!! What translation is that??????

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  2. I believe that was the NIV.

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  3. Teresa RockefellerMarch 7, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    beautifully said :-)

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