Joel 3:16 (KJV) 16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
The Day of the Lord will be an earth-shaking, heaven-altering event. To some it will be very dreadful. It will be a day of judgment and wars like no other. But to God’s people, there’s nothing to fear. As He always is, He will be His people’s hope, refuge, strength, and stronghold.
We live with no fear. We don’t fear any man, any situation, or anything. We only fear Him Who we love most and Who loves us most. Disasters are real—both man-caused and natural. They’re here and they will keep on increasing. This may not sound comforting. When face-to-face with such devastating events, it’s but natural to be shaken. But we know that our God can and will protect us. He can and will deliver us.
It’s not that we won’t share in the hardships. But the beauty of living as His children is that surroundings and situations don’t define us; they don’t dictate our joy or peace. How can wars, famines and plagues scare us when death itself no longer has dominion over us? Our Savior defeated death. Death to us is a transition—a doorway to the presence of our most Beloved—the greatest Being in existence, and to the most beautiful place there is.
We don’t look for trouble; we don’t pursue hardships; we don’t pray for disasters; if it’s at all possible, we’d rather not have any of them. But we don’t live in denial. We face reality and truth head on. And we do it humbly, gratefully, hopefully, peacefully, confidently, joyfully; knowing that the One in control of all things is our Dad Who only wills the best for us and orchestrates everything according to His will.
Revelation 3:10 (KJV) 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Patience is virtue; there are great rewards for those who go through life with great patience. The Lord Himself favors the patient. To be kept from the greatest trials and temptations that are about to come to the world is one of the greatest blessings God’s people can experience. We know horrible times are coming, troubles and chaos such as the world has never yet seen or will see again. Our imaginations of the horrors that are about to come fail in comparison to reality.
God is love; God is also just. Inasmuch as He doesn’t want anyone to perish but for everyone to be saved, there are those who choose folly; they’re heard-headed and hard-hearted; they have intense hatred for God Who have intense love for them. Inasmuch as God patiently waits and delays His coming so that the world has more opportunities and time to return to His love, freedom, salvation and protection, there will certainly be a day of reckoning.
We don’t deny the sufferings God’s people and the world are experiencing, sufferings of different degrees. Our hearts break for our fellowmen and women who are undergoing the plagues of hardship even now. We all have our share. As God’s people, this is a part of our lot. We suffer; not one of us is exempt from it. Our best efforts and behavior won’t win everyone. There are those who’ve been blinded by lies and deceits. They stab us deep despite our deep love for them. They enjoy the blessings of our love, goodness, and godliness, but they’re heartless; they keep hurting us without an iota of guilt or remorse.
But we are patient; a day is coming when we’ll be redeemed from every form of suffering. Right now, we are redeemed from sin; that’s enough for us to continue our journey of love, joy, peace, and freedom.