Peace and Provision in the Last Days
No doubt, we are living in the last days. Should I be concerned about peace and provision as it pertains to my heart and needs, or is God only concerned with the bigger picture in this world? It is not my fault the nations are a mess and there’s chaos and sin everywhere I look. At times, all I can pray is, “God, have mercy.”
Then I opened my Bible and read 2 Kings 5:2-3. “Aram had gone on raids and brought back from the land of Israel a young girl who served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, ‘If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria, he would cure him of his skin disease.’” This young Hebrew girl was an eye witness and victim of the corruption, brutality and war in her land. Yet she retained her faith and trust in God and accepted her situation with a positive attitude. She was able to love her enemy and wanted her master to experience God’s healing power for himself. God took care of her.
Throughout Scripture and even today, God deals with ungodly nations, but He is also keenly aware of the righteous ones living within those borders. As a matter of fact, nations have come and gone over the centuries, but God’s children live forever with Him. “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9).
God knows those who belong to Him. He knows me (Psalm 139). He knows where I am (Deut. 31:8), and He knows what I need at all times (Psalm 121:3). I don’t have to worry, be anxious or stressed. I have found refuge under His wings, and I’m not budging. Have you read Psalm 91 lately?
Yes, this world is bleak and hopeless. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26). However, you and I have hope and peace through Jesus Christ. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee” (Isaiah 26:3).
God sees the nations, but He also sees and cares for every single sparrow (Luke 12:6-7). I’m somewhere in between, probably closer to the sparrow end. So, when life makes no sense and the world around us is collapsing, God can and will deliver those who belong to Him. I want to be more like the young Hebrew girl who lived in Naaman’s house. God is my peace and provision. He is my Hope. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3).