Certain Uncertain Times

April 29, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 24

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Wars roar. https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-04-27-22/index.html

Volcanoes erupt. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/01/17/tonga-volcano-eruption-orig-tp-jc.cnn

Videos from Ukraine and Tonga are compelling. Are these signs of an imminent and ultimate divine intervention?

Jesus urges all disciples to precisely engage in understanding Earth’s events. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near” (Matthew 24:32).

Softly Jesus speaks, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but  my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35). Thus, we ask, “Jesus, could this be part of a final scene?”

Citizen-disciples of both Europe and the island nation of Tonga are allowed to ask this question as rocket launches and earthquakes move Earth. God whispers—listen to Jesus.

Volcanoes and wars continuously shatter life and the planet’s ecology. As servants of Christ, given that we do not know the epoch, millennia, century, decade, year, month, day, hour, minute or millisecond of His return, how shall we then live?

Jesus explains with a strong business management analogy: “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns” (Matthew 24:45-46 emphasis added). We engage our world with tasks spiritually discerned.

Faithful disciples continue living their faith through the horrors of wars, volcanic eruptions, illnesses, injuries and the stuff of day-to-day life. Sometime earlier Jesus forever clarifies living as a disciple. “Seek first the Kingdom of God…” (Matthew 6:33). The certainty-certifying instruction from Jesus carries no time or culture stamp—the instruction applies.

Life Application Questions

When uncertain times of turmoil are occurring what is your usual response?

Given God’s sovereignty what do you believe about today’s volcanic eruptions?

Given God’s sovereignty what do you believe about today’s wars?

Regardless of turmoil or catastrophe, which of your lifetime discipleship plans are worth pursuing in each decade of your life?

Are there other words of Jesus which prompt your response during uncertain times?

Thank you for reading and praying for Ukrainians and the people of Tonga.

Ukraine remains top-of-mind; however, the people of Tonga have slipped into oblivion of the news cycles.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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