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Topic: End Times (02/27/14)

TITLE: Wars and Rumors of Wars
By Sarah Wipf


Wars and Rumors of Wars

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. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
-Matthew 24:6-8 NIV

My beloved husband and I often joke that there is seldom a dull moment in our vibrant home. With five different personalities and ages in our family, the heart of our home pulsates with life, vigor and lots of activity! Because of the natural hustle and bustle that occurs in caring for a family of five, I often find it challenging to stay abreast on current events. My husband, on the other hand, has a wealth of knowledge and information on the latest, breaking headlines in the United States and abroad. Being that he is a very passionate and godly man, I often enjoy getting his perspectives on the events or catastrophes that are plaguing our world. As our “tween” boys mature, I am learning that they also enjoy these little catch up sessions with their dad, which is exactly what we found ourselves in the middle of on our Saturday evening.

In discussing the affairs and tumultuous situations going on in our every day world, I found my husband reassuring the boys not to worry. I interjected my own exhortation to them...that no matter what happens in this world...God is ALWAYS in control.

It was at that moment that my husband shared, “Remember guys...all this must happen before Jesus returns”.

Beautiful, green eyes full of wonder, concern and innocence looked right into mine and desperately asked the simple, one-worded question, “why?”.

Oh my aching heart! Why? Why, Lord? Why wars and rumors of wars? Why famines and catastrophes? Why judgement and wrath?


It's the age old question. It's often asked in defiance and disgust...especially towards God - but not that precious Saturday night. It was asked with a purity that comes only from a child's tender heart.

My child, we serve a holy and righteous God. He is perfect and just. Which means, He cannot sin. We live in a fallen world that is saturated in sin. The world that our God created is littered and inundated with sin. Whether we want to face it or not, there is a consequence to sin. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). When someone breaks a law, they face a judge. Psalm 7:11 tells us that God is a righteous judge. Therefore, this sin problem must be dealt with. We can question why God does what He does, but it will not change the outcome.

All this must happen.

So while the earth and everyone on it will be judged...there is good news! For those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the penalty for their sin has already been paid on the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14 NIV). Our sin has been forgiven! While we will still have to endure adversity while we are on the earth, we have the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
~For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV

If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I urge you to do so. He loves you and has provided a way of salvation.

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CD Swanson 03/06/14
Beautiful job of bringing the topic into a well written story that fits today's times and aligns with the Bible so cohesively.

Yes, all these things must happen--according to Jesus-- and God is in control always. Plus Jesus warns us that false ones/prophets will come and fool many who don't know the Bible.

Jesus' words perfect as always and certainly for this entry!

Well done!

God bless~
Toni Hammer 03/08/14
A beautiful, sweet call to love The Lord. Well done. My oldest is only 22 months and I'm not looking forward to teaching her that the world is not always kind.
Judith Gayle Smith03/08/14
Wonderfully conceived and written. You won't be a beginner for long . . .
Larry Whittington03/09/14
Yes, there is no one more without sin than a baptized believer in Jesus.

These may be warnings for us to be careful so we remain faithful til death.

This was a nice family style setting that would be familiar to many.

2 Timothy 2:15 and keep writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/09/14
I love the comfort to be found in your well written entry. You're much more than a beginner!
LaVonne Wood03/09/14
Nice devotional! Someday, I'm sure, we will know all the answers. Till then we just have to trust the Lord knows what He is doing.

Blessing for you and your family. LaVonne
Maura J. Merrigan03/11/14
Well done, so well written, great devotional! Blessings!
Rachel Malcolm 03/11/14
A tender and heartfelt approach to this week's topic! Your entry contains such a great reminder that we can rest in God no matter what is happening around us.

I take part in Jan's Writing Basics (on the fW forum), and she did a recent lesson on devotionals. This lesson pointed out that people often skim over Bible verses that are placed at the beginning of a devotional. Maybe it's because we like to know how a verse relates to the story. Here's a link to the lesson if you're interested: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37754

Your love and distress for your precious child comes through so beautifully. We so long to protect our children from the darkness in the world, but we must prepare them too and point them to Jesus. You did a great job of sharing this tenderness and truth.
CD Swanson 03/13/14
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/14
Congratulations on ranking 3rd in your level and 28 overall. The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.