What is going on? What do you believe? What is happening with the whole world seemingly turned upside down? As Christians we should be looking to God in the midst of it all. Psalm 24 verse 1 says, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it". We need to keep the perspective that the Lord is in control or we might spin out of control from the overwhelming sense of hopelessness. When his disciples asked Him about His return, Jesus said in Matthew 24 that you will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. We are observing the birth pains. People say there is an increase in the number of wars and natural disasters. When my wife went through birth pains, they came more rapidly and more strongly as the labour went on. It's a sign that we are moving towards the return of Christ. The world explains the natural catastrophes as global warming but can't really give an explanation to the social upheaval. The west calls for democracy as the cure but it won't solve the problem. God is shaking things up, so that which can't be shaken will be clearly seen, His word.
We can try and ignore what is happening in other parts of the globe but that won't stop its effect reaching us. The radiation leaking from the reactors in Japan can spread on the wind and through the food chain. The Ivory Coast situation will hit you in your favourite legal addiction, chocolate. But for us, Grace Vineyard, it hits even closer to home. One of our own has family trapped within the country. Often we never react to things when we are distantly removed from them. It's not until it is close to us do we stand up and resist injustice or evil. Our friend has a need that we can respond to. He needs our prayers as does his family in the Ivory Coast. But he also needs our financial support to relocate his sister and her daughter to safety in Ghana. We can do something that will make a difference. If you were asking yourself what can I do about all that I see happening in the world, here's your opportunity. You can pray for Affi, his family and the Ivory Coast and you can give something financially to help a family in distress. Donations can be made through Grace Vineyard or through http://www.thespotlighton.org/ivory-coast.html