by Jonni Sliver
December 21st came and went and we’re still here! I have to say I was amazed at the hoopla made over an event on a calendar of civilization that ceased to exist more than a thousand years ago. And the stock piling of food and preparations for the end were not limited to the U.S., here in Brazil you heard more about the 21st than you did Christmas (I wonder how many people put off their shopping to the 22nd, hoping they wouldn’t have to!). And just one week after the Mayan calendar proved wrong, my internet search page scrolled one of the most popular searches of the day “2040 asteroid” I didn’t open it, but if I were a betting girl I would put money in the article being about the newest reason to prepare for the end of the world. If the Millennium Bug didn’t get us, and the Mayans missed something in the stars, maybe it is a piece of the star that will do it after all. My first reaction was to laugh. My second was to cry. Why is it so easy to believe in every absurd thing, but not the faithful promises of our Lord!?!
Everybody has faith in something, it is part of our nature. For many it is science (in my personal opinion – our feeble attempts to understand the greatness of God without giving Him the credit), our own wit and wisdom (like stock piling water and canned goods will save us if the world explodes?), what we read in the paper, see in the news or download off the internet. But the God given need to believe was meant to be met with a knowledge of God’s faithfulness and mighty power, and result in faith that does not disappoint!
Will the world end one day? Yes. Will it be because of freak accident of nature, the ecological results of our selfishness? No. The world will end when our Father declares that it is the final day. Should we prepare? Of course! Appropriate preparation goes far beyond buying gold and stocking up on water. We need to draw close to the Lord, and be about His business. We need to declare the hope of His Gospel while there is time. How long do we have? Only the Father knows, which means we need to get busy! Don’t worry about asteroids; set your eyes on the Bright Morning Star, and shine for Him! Happy New Year!