When the sky is falling
Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:47 pm
The Messenger, April 7, 2011
By members of Obion County Ministerial Association
Chicken Little is best known for screaming, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” As the story unfolds, we learn that the character also known as Henny Penny wasn’t exactly wrong in her observation, but the truth was far from exactly as she depicted.
Are we near the end of life on earth? There are certainly signs that we could be. There are wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, tsunamis, hunger and strife. World leaders are being uncovered for the ruthless and evil men they really are. Certainly looks like things are lining up with Biblical prophecy, doesn’t it? But there is good news in this, as well, that too many people are overlooking.
Jesus says in Matthew 24:6: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” Jesus also teaches us that no one knows the time of His return, only the Father in Heaven knows that. (Mark 13:32)
It is impossible for us to know the exact time of Christ’s return. To that end, our job is to make our lives ready for that day, no matter when it comes. We are to love one another, serve one another and help one another draw closer to the Savior of man, Jesus Christ our Lord. And as believers, we should rest in God’s care, assured that He is with us always, looking forward to Christ’s return with great expectation and excitement, all the while continuing to live every day for His glory in His will. There will come a day when our sky does begin to fall. Until then, God’s peace, love, grace and mercy still abound for us fully. So in all things, let us give thanks to God and rest in His arms.
Father God, remind us of Your peace. Remind us of Your tremendous power over our lives and Your unending love for Your children. Don’t let us cast off the prophecies of the end times, but rather let us live as those fully prepared rather than simply scared. There is still much work to be done, still many to be drawn to Your love. There is still joy, still peace, still life to be lived for us all. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ, our strength, our provider, our redeemer, our life. Amen.
Rev. Scott Smyth, associate pastor
Union City First United Methodist Church
420 East Main St.