I’m a student of Bible Prophecy. I love to study it, watch it and talk about it, especially as I see more world events and conditions that I believe signal our Lord’s return is very near.
My husband is a Believer, but like many Christians, hasn’t studied end times prophecy and classifies it as Doom and Gloom. Therefore, he likes to razz me about my interest, calling me his “Little Chicken Little” in reference to the storybook character who insisted the sky was falling.
“I’m going to make you a sandwich board,” my husband has said more than once. “You can walk around town and announce THE END IS NEAR.”
A recent lunar eclipse was a fun night for him. Pacing back and forth from the kitchen to the deck, binoculars in hand and feigning hysteria, he peppered me with questions. “What does this MEAN?”
“It’s a lunar eclipse,” I calmly answered. “It’s got nothing to do with Tribulation.”
Disappointed that I didn’t launch into an “end-of-days” speech for him to debate, he began mentioning weather. “I heard the wind changed directions today—it must BE A SIGN!”
I take his teasing stride because I know he kinda-sorta believes me when I say we could be the last generation before Christ’s return.
Recently, he heard a radio commercial that advertised a DVD that examines how current events in the Middle East line up with Bible Prophecy. He ordered the DVD and gave it to me as a gift.
Well now…evidently, he doesn’t think I’m too crazy or he wouldn’t have bought something that would “feed” my insanity.
He also brings up current events and casually asks me if they have any relevance to my interest in “Locusts and Left Behind.” When he does this, I know it’s not to start a Crazy Debate. He really wants to know what I think.
To me, this is evidence that people might be hearing us more than we think they are.
Many of us have experienced frustration when talking about our faith, whether we’re sharing the way of salvation or discussing various doctrines of Christianity, even with other Believers. It sometimes seems like our words are snowflakes that melt before they hit the ground. There appears to be zero accumulation and no impact.
In Hebrews 4:12, we’re taught “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double –edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV)
This being true, it’s incredible how some people turn a deaf ear to the powerful Word of God. The more they’re exposed, the more cotton they stuff into those holes on the side of their heads.
But how well does that cotton work?
Maybe you know or have heard about someone who had no interest in God until their life crashed. From the pits of rock bottom, they called out for help. How did they know to do this? Because somebody told them about God and what He can do--and they heard it, whether they intended to or not.
Spiritually, mentally and emotionally, people might reject what we say—but they still physically hear us. Perhaps one day they’ll find reason to consider what we told them. They might face challenging times, see the fruit of someone’s faith, become disillusioned with the doctrines of their church or witness the fulfillment of prophecy. Such things can compel someone to seek further, which they just might do if even one seed of truth was ever tossed their way.
In 2 Timothy 2:9, we read, “But God’s word is not chained.” (NIV) There is no limit to who and how far it can reach! Let us, then, be like Paul who said, “For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” (Acts 20:27 NIV) We must share what we know is scripturally sound—even if it appears to fall on rocky soil. Conditions can change and soil that was once hard might become softer, ripe for receiving the seeds that struck and sat dormant on its surface long ago.
Though we might think their ears are packed with cotton, let’s remember this: cotton is absorbent. Something we say might hold up in there, just waiting for right moment—the moment when those ears are willing to listen.