“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21)
If you type into the search bar “slums,” you will after just a short time see the plight of mankind, naked, poor and destitute, the façade of the world is shining, gleaming and enticing, but that is all that it is, an illusion. Those who are in authority are doing all they can to reassure all that will listen, that all will be fine, that all will find joy, peace and contentment here if we will just follow their lead. These deceptions are nothing new, for it has ever been thus, Nimrod to Nebuchadnezzar, from the Pharisees to our modern day, man has always believed himself to have the answer, the cure to the curse.
The first part of Ecclesiastes 1:14 fits them well, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” What you must consider within yourself is if the second part of this verse, repeated many times in that book applies to you, is all that is today and the knowledge of what is approaching vexing your spirit?
With the advent of social media, we have the ability to see the world as it truly is, evil, covered in sin, under a curse, with wicked men attempting to claim it for themselves. There are of course what are considered “good” actions occurring, love, care, compassion and concern can be found as well, but they are few and far between, and growing exponentially less available as these days unfold, for Matthew 24:12 stands as a truth. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” But the question I pose for you in this short, poorly written letter is this, is your spirit being vexed in these days, or do you still attempt to reach others for the glory of God, is your love growing cold, or is there a fervency in your soul to spread the message of eternal hope to all that will listen?
When John was in prison, he sent some of his disciples to ask the Lord, “Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” (Luke 7:20) The man who said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” (John 1:29) doubted. Doubt does not show up immediately, it raises its ugly head slowly, it brings with it anxiety and fear.
If you can view these slums across the planet, millions in abject poverty, if you can watch as those who are employed to protect us stand by and watch as evil unfolds, or those who are to place evil men behind bars release them, while those who claim to care, those that are in authority feast sumptuously while many search for hope in the gutter, and still see eternal hope, then you are on the right path.
I speak not here on the difference between pessimism and optimism, this planet is doomed, and billions are going to die, along with nearly all life on this planet, this is a fact, a truth from the Word of God. I speak of the faith we as born-again believers possess, that He who has promised is true. I speak here of the truth of Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
As these evil days unfold, the wheat will continue to grow, it, we, will be harvested at the exact moment intended. The vexation of your spirit my friends should be for those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, those who are in the gutter, the slums, as well as those flying in their private jets. Every one of us will leave this planet as we came, naked and with nothing. It is the final destination of that soul that should consume us, not the circumstances of the times that we live in.