Before Jesus warns of the situations coming in the last days in Matthew 24:4-14, He says, “Take heed no one deceives you.” He also says of these trying times, “See that you are not troubled.” Troubled can also be translated as shaken. We are to remain steadfast and strong. These situations are going to occur. Jesus said so. Many say they may be happening now. How can we remain steadfast, strong, and not deceived? I believe the answer, at least in part, is to read and mediate on Scripture. Read below a very short list of the wonderful facets of Scripture.
His Word is:
· a lamp
· making alive
· a light
The world was established and is held together by the Word of God. The Word of God is able to save our souls. In the book of Revelation, Jesus is called the Word of God, and Jesus is made known by the Word of God (Revelation 19:13). In Jeremiah 2:13 KJV we read, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewn them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Is it so different today? People then and now are constructing wells that were broken from the beginning. These cisterns were never going to hold any water… ever! But we can run to His Word and receive over and over comfort, truth, and all that we need. His Word is an everlasting supply, a fountain of refreshing water. We need never thirst.
During these trying times, let us hold fast to the written Word of God. Let us make it a vital part of who we are and how we live. Let this Word sink deep into our hearts. Let us stand on the Word, unmovable, steadfast and sure, not being deceived.
~ Beth Bankert, writer
~ Karen Harvey, artist