We have a label for people who predict terrible times ahead…we call them “doomsayers”. This conjures up different ideas for each of us. I remember the first time my parents took me to the French Quarter in New Orleans. I was fourteen years old. I was so excited to see Jackson Square and all the sights but I was unprepared for the paradoxes there. It was the first time I had seen a person passed out cold in a gutter holding a bottle of some kind of alcohol and then only a few feet away stood a man preaching “repent, for the day of the Lord is near!” I held tight to my Daddy’s hand and said what do we do? He said “just keep walking.”
Later that day Daddy and I had a conversation and the wisdom of it has stayed with me…You see he said, “while society caricatures the two different types of people we saw today and often makes fun of them the important message is missed.
A true prophet may pronounce the prediction of doom and judgement but God always offers a way “out of death, judgment and doom. God, through His Son offers the SOLUTION…He offers Hope. Hope for the man in the gutter, hope for the preacher with the hard message.
The Day of the Lord is coming. God is very clear about that in His Word but He is also patient with us and extends us the gift of Life through Christ with a Grace and a Mercy that trumps judgement every time for those who believe in and call upon the name of Jesus. Always remember your Hope is in Jesus.”
The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places. Habakkuk 19:3