A Whiplash World
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For some reason, this drunk driver decided that he liked my side of the road better than his side. He suddenly crossed the center line and he plowed headlong into our car. Well, I had the whole family with me, and our car was totaled. But thankfully, none of us was totaled. Our injuries were miraculously minor in light of what happened to our car. Now, a friend offered to drive me to the youth retreat where I was speaking that weekend. Well, that night of the accident, the doctor put me in a neck brace for a few days, so I got a lot of sympathy at that retreat! I almost decided to wear it permanently! But I had a little whiplash, actually, from the force of the hit that we took. That's the damage to your neck when you get whipped around violently and suddenly.
Now, these days, you can get whiplash just watching the evening news. Events are exploding across the country, around the world. Most recently, we've seen upheaval and change in the Middle East - most of it without warning; some uprisings in places we thought we'd never see them.
And we might as well fasten our seat belts for a crazy ride ahead; this isn't going to change. A couple of years ago, America's financial world was rocked to its core. We've had two radical swings of the political pendulum in just two years. There are well-armed nations that seem beyond any restraint from the rest of the world - dangerous wild cards in our world.
But I'm OK, no matter what bombshell flashes on the "breaking news" today or any day. Here's the big picture behind whatever disturbing news - personal news, world news - that explodes today: "The nations are in chaos," the Bible says, "and their kingdoms crumble! God's voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress" That's our word for today from the New Living Bible, Psalm 46, verses 6 and 7.
You know, for thousands of years, the prophecies of the Bible have predicted a world like ours. Just before the King of all kings returns to take charge. Here's the words of Jesus: "There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now and never to be equaled again" (Matthew 24:21). "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...Nations will be in anguish and perplexity...Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming in the world..." (Luke 21:10, 25-26).
Now, that's the bad news. You ready for some good news? Well, it's great news! Listen, here's what Jesus said right after that, "At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory" (Luke 21:27). Jesus said when you see a whiplash world and everything is going crazy, He said it's into that kind of world I am going to return. I will come back; I will take charge; I will keep My promises. Wow!
I'll tell you, any time's a good time to belong to Jesus. But this time is a really good time to belong to Him. Because behind all the exploding events of our time, there is a plan. There is a God; there is a Savior; there is a King. There is a divinely orchestrated, humanly untouchable countdown to the coming of King Jesus.
I guess the question is has there ever been a day when He's come into your life and into your heart, because that's where the anchor is for times like ours. If you never have, this might be the day for you to say, "Jesus, I want to be sure I belong to You; I'm anchored to You. I believe that some of those sins You died for on that cross were sins I have done - the wrong things I have done. And today I accept the forgiveness that You bought on the cross for me. Beginning today I'm Yours."
I hope you'll go to our website today. And if you're at this point of saying, "I really need to get this settled. I need something solid to hang onto in this kind of a world. Things have been happening so fast." Well, you can go to our website. It's YoursForLife.net, and I've laid out there as simply as I can how you can be sure you belong to Him.
The bottom line in the Bible is this: "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and they are safe" (Proverbs 18:10). I'm there, and I pray you are.