With all the wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines now accelerating on earth there is lots of talk of the end of the world and return of Christ. These various signs are spoken of in detail in Matthew 24. Even though things truly ARE heating up it is not a time to be afraid or in dread.
Actually, the “end of the world” is not really the end of the world. Life on earth will continue and it is a time worth looking forward to. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when fear and panic begin to rear their ugly heads.
The prophet Micah is the one who told us some things about the first coming of Christ. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.” (Micah 5:2). He also has some things to say about the Second Coming. Particularly comforting is his theme of restoration.
Many of us need restoration in our lives right now. Much has been stolen from God’s people. Maybe much has been stolen from you personally. So how would you like to see this coming day in your life? “Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid.” (Micah 4:4)
In Micah’s day that was a proverbial picture of contentment, peace and safety. It is a picture we can hold onto in our day because it will come – believe it. Do not fear what is ahead. Look for the return of Jesus; you will sit under your own vine.