Well here we are in the year 2012. Hope you all enjoyed New Year celebrations!! New Year's Eve was quiet for us which was nice,but New Year's Day was busy and awash with fun and laughter - a nice way to start the year.
After watching the film '2012' last night, it made me realise just how fragile life is. As I watched the earth start to disappear beneath people, mountains explode and seas roar valiantly it brought home to me even more of an understanding of why our hope and trust should be in Jesus.
In the film people could do nothing to save themselves and everything was out of their control. It reminded me of how things must have been in the days of Noah when the flood came and people were scratching the sides of the Ark trying to get in and be saved.
We can look around the world today and see many of the signs that Jesus speaks of in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 - nations against nations, earthquakes, famines, etc and 2 Timothy 3 says "But know this, in the last days perilous times will come for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power......" The Message Bibles says people will be "allergic to God".
The Bible teaches that things will get worse but that as Christians we are to "fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life..." (1 Timothy 6 v 12) and Jesus encourages us to "...look up and lift up our hearts" (Luke 21 v 18. underline mine) and in Matthew 24 v 44..."be ready.."
As I continue to be grateful for my salvation in Jesus Christ, I am also aware that many people around me are "allergic to God" and I truly fear for these people. I pray that this year the Holy Spirit will lead me to people whose hearts are prepared to hear and accept the saving grace that is offered to them by Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that I wont leave anyone behind, scratching the sides of the Ark, but that my friends, my family, neighbours, people I personally come into contact with will no longer be "allergic to God" but will be looking to Jesus. The Saviour.
I do believe that this will be a year of many changes, some not for the good. But my trust and my hope is in Jesus alone. He has my eternity in His hands. How about you?