I woke up Monday morning having already received a couple of emails referencing this post from David Wilkerson. A possible terrorist attack on America, and warnings of coming calamities are nothing new but this one did make me think. This is similar to things I have heard in the past months on various news channels but its still striking when a renown preacher shifts into prophet mode. To be totally honest, I do not know a lot about David Wilkerson, but I usually read things like this with a bit of skepticism. Whether this is true and extremely urgent, I do not know, but reading this post made me think about the possibility of such events and our response in those times.
I believe most of us need a wake-up call! We have been lured into complacency by our security and prosperity. We Americans are not necessarily the most adept at being prepared for the unknown. Almost every day of our lives we have lived without surprise knowing almost every detail of our day ahead of time: what we will do, where we will go, etc. However, we should always be living with intentionality and wisdom in good times as well as bad. Paul writes about this responsibility here…
Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
We definitely live in evil days and there are fewer and fewer certainties coming our way, even in America the land of opportunity! Yet in the midst of every circumstance our response and behavior is pretty much unchanging. There is not one way to live in good times and another for tough. There is a clear call throughout the Bible to live with wisdom as opposed to out of foolishness. The foolish man reads posts like Wilkerson’s and then responds by saying things like ‘that could never happen here’ OR ‘oh, well more bad news, nothing we can do’. Two extreme responses yet both are realities in our culture. The wise person reads blogs like this and then responds by looking within and asking things like ‘Am I being careful to live with wisdom?’; ‘Am I making the most of every day?’ A truly wise person doesn’t need to change the pattern of their life after reading news of a coming calamity because they are already living well. A wise person doesn’t need to fear because they already know love. A wise person doesn’t have to worry cause they have trust. A wise person doesn’t have to lose hope they have Jesus Christ living inside, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).