For we walk by faith, and not by sight 2 Cor. 5:7 (NKJV)
As a kid, have you ever played Pin the Tail on the Donkey? In the middle of noise and laughter at a party, you were challenged to find a target and place the tail right where it belonged. The only catch was that you had to do it blindfolded.
The ability to substantiate what you can’t see is going to play an important role in these end times.
Recently I was substituting in a classroom, working with students on math, the last class of the day.
Suddenly, a loud woman’s voice nearby startled us as it cracked the air.
I looked up and saw a woman walking quickly through the hallway, every muscle tense. Immediately, as though in a movie in fast motion, the four staff members and the class in the room went into lockdown mode. Locked door. Lights off. Blinds closed. Some of us sat on the floor in a darkened alcove in the room.
“Is there a villain outside?” a boy sitting on the floor beside me asked with wide eyes.
“Maybe,” I replied. But we’re in a safe place.”
Later we found out that local police were chasing a suspect through the neighborhood and that the school went into lockdown mode as a safety precaution.
I closed my eyes for a few moments and prayed. In my mind’s eye I saw Jesus outside the window. Big white February snowflakes drifted down from the sky. He was smiling and peaceful. Yet when I looked back at the staff members, they were in fear mode. The incongruity seemed very strange.
Later that night I watched federal news on TV, seeing with dismay that more measures are being put into place to rewrite the laws of our nation, writing God out, and toleration for sin in.
“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. (Jesus, in Matt. 24: 4-6)
Jesus directs us not to be alarmed. During the lockdown, although I did not perceive danger, the alarm of the others in the room shook me up. They spoke in intense voices and as far as I could tell, I was the only one in the room praying. I had the very real sense that the spiritual and emotional current of those in the room was the real battle I was fighting, not the police chase outside our doors. The response of most people in the room seemed inconsistent with the response called for.
We are called to look at the world, ignoring what’s going on around us, and to live by what we see in the spirit – all the more as we see the Day approaching.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your Adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Ahead of us are clearly times when worldwide people are asleep spiritually in a time of deception and dismissal of truth. As prophecy in the Bible is fulfilled, Jesus said, “You will be handed over to be persecuted…and will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Jesus, in Matt. 24:9-13)
Our charge? To stand firm.
I prayed about the lockdown. I felt that God was telling me, “This is just a warm-up – a practice. I want you to practice looking to Me to see where I am, and what I am doing, not others in the situation.” It takes strength and courage – which He will provide – to ignore a roomful of panicked people and to see Him instead.
Conversely, I believe we’ll continue to see people appear to be unmoved – even asleep – as God and His absolutes are dropped from our everyday lives in the media and in our laws. A passive acceptance of the intolerable is already in place. Unmovable, unchangeable, we must remain steadfast in a relentless way committed to Scripture and to our growing relationship with Christ.
I frequently pray, “I have the mind of Christ.” Regular time in the Bible and prayer throughout the day keeps that discernment sharp.
Our challenge is to walk this leg of our journey without fear. Greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
These are exciting times. Sobering times. End times.
Without seeing, it’s time to see.