Yesterday, I was speaking with a brother who is also an excellent writer and evangelist. He expressed something that I too have been feeling the last 2 or 3 years: a weariness of soul. He finds he does not have the energy and passion he used to have toward reaching out to others, or writing like he did. Yet he still acknowledges a driven desire to reach those who do not know Jesus.
Most of us recognize we live in very dark and uncertain times. The society around us continues to degrade into a self-centered and even violent character and the things that even a few decades ago were considered good and wholesome are now called evil and are hated.
Added to that are fear-mongers who prophesy death to our way of life. They admonish us to follow them, to protect our wealth, to lay aside great quantities of food and purchase weapons to protect ourselves against those who will do us harm. The fear they espouse however is contagious and spreads rapidly. It kills our ability to trust God, to walk in joy and peace, and to tell others of His mercies and love.
We cannot add even a single breath to our lives beyond that which God has already numbered. Yet if we should find ourselves even alone and naked, Jesus will still tell us to 'Fear Not!' and to 'Trust Him!'
The mere fact that we can trust Him though all about us fails should give us tremendous hope and joy! For my family and I, and my brother, though we are weary of all that is happening around us, we are also strengthened by the power of His Word and the Joy of our Salvation.
It will not be our church that saves us. It will not be our friends and family, or our wealth and stores laid up. Jesus is our salvation and the only one that gives peace and joy. KRH