A recent study finds that 52 percent of Americans feel that they are in danger every day, including within their home. And the younger the survey group got, the more fearful they became with 75 percent of those between 25 and 34 living in fear.
As you read through the story, many of us might find ourselves agreeing on one point or another. After all, look around us. Can anyone deny that our nation and our world are becoming more violent, more reckless, and frankly more evil each and every day?
And with the rising fear, how far behind lies hopelessness? As the nations rage, seeing hatred and inequality in every crack and crevice of society, they lash out in anger, fear, and hopelessness though I am certain that most would not want to admit that. They look beneath their feet and believe that the foundations upon which they stand and upon which generations have stood are frail and faulty and they cannot hold up much longer. Their misplaced faith is faltering and the world they know is faltering with it. So “tear it down” is becoming the new silent mantra sweeping across the world. It must be torn down and rebuilt properly, which means in a manner that fits the best with the new, emerging society.
Fearfulness is rampant, and will only get worse, along with nearly everything else in this world. The Bible aptly describes what these last days will look like and believe me, we are in the last throngs of the last days. Hopelessness and fearfulness are right there, driving the world off the cliff. This is a world searching for answers, for stability, fairness, for everything in the bucket list leading to peace and happiness, at least as they see and understand it.
It is a dangerous and terrible ride on which the world is residing. Having largely rejected God and His son, Jesus Christ, they long for someone to come along behind whom they can assemble and follow as this person leads them into a new world. They cry out for someone to restore their hope in this world, erase the fears that they face daily, and usher in stability, peace, and happiness upon which they can finally live their dreams.
And one day, the man of their dreams is going to show up.
Former Belgian Prime Minister and president of the first United Nations General Assembly, Paul-Henri Spaak had this to say on the matter:
We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all the people and to lift us up out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be God or devil, we will receive him.Paul-Henri Spaak
While the issues driving today’s society on their madcap adventure are more than money and the economy, it is certain that the general consensus would be in agreement with Spaak. “Send us such a person,” is the sentiment, “someone who can right the ship and take my fears away.”
Send us anyone…God or devil…we will vote for him, we will follow him, we will receive him.
When Jesus walked this earth he said that his own people rejected him. He went on to say that there will be another who comes, and him, the people will receive. And that person is out there, peaking over the horizon of our future, getting ready to step out and be received.
But don’t be fooled…
The Lord Jesus Christ said to come unto him, all of you that labor and carry heavy burdens, and he will give you rest. Jesus is the true prince of peace, unlike this dark prince which is about to take center stage. Living in fear is because of misplaced faith. Do not place it in the likes of people, for they can and will disappoint and fail you.
Place your faith in Jesus Christ today. He will never leave you or forsake you. And when you do, he will give you everlasting life. Trust Him today, and let Him take the fear from your lives.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31