Jesus made some very important statements as He described the days in which we now live. Please read Matthew 24:3-13. Notice in verse eight, I believe “all these” refer to the things Jesus described before verse eight and after verse eight. “All these things” accurately describe the days we’re now living in 2021! The word “sorrows” in verse eight is the Greek word “Odin” which refers to travail, labor or birth pains (or birth pangs). Just as a woman endures through the labor pains or great sorrow it gives way to great joy at the delivery of the baby. How perfectly Jesus used that example or analogy as a sign of the times, for us, a sign of our times. Have you ever felt over whelmed? Looking at what’s happened to our nation, our government, our economy, our schools, our justice system, our military, our families and our churches, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed! Overwhelmed by frustration, fear, worry, anger, stress, anxiety, and discouragement. So, how do we endure through these “birth pangs”? How do we keep from being overwhelmed by all these problems? I believe the Lord would answer these questions by saying, “You need to stop looking at your problems and begin looking at your promises!” His Word promises us in Matthew 19:26, 2 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Corinthians 2:9, Nehemiah 8:10, and Proverbs 17:22 (please read), and the list of His Promises goes on and on! We must keep a positive outlook, no matter what we see! We must continue to put our hope and trust in Him, no matter what we see! Proverbs 3:5-6 (please read), and we must always remember Romans 8:31 “For what shall we say to these things (our problems) If God is for us, who (or what) can be against us?! We must stop looking at our problems and begin looking at our promises and keep a positive outlook no matter what we see! We walk by faith and not by sight! Stay strong!
Forever Following Jesus,
Gary Pittman, Sr. Pastor