Be prepared, but not scared. God is still in control. Nothing the devil tries to do gets done without God’s permission. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” (Isa. 54:17). This tells us it may form—the weapon will be formed—but it will not prosper!
It’s a scary, angry world. Remain peaceful and filled with patience and hope. Calm down, world. Anger creates an atmosphere where righteousness can’t flourish. God wants to produce a righteous life in us, but we gotta’ stay calm.
How do we stay calm in such a crazy, insane, frustrating, scary world, we might ask? We MUST remember this earth is not our home forever. Jesus has a purpose for our lives, like He did for Paul in the Bible. He was bitten by a poisonous snake, after surviving a wrecked ship in a storm. It bit him, but the poison didn’t prosper because God had a plan for him to go to Rome and preach. He couldn’t die there. God had more for him to do.
So it is with us. If God has more for us to do, you’ve got a prayer. It’s going to be alright. I know this because God told me how the story ends. God wins. The wicked do seem to take over and will eventually try to take over the New Jerusalem city and will seek to kill all God’s followers in it, but just before they get a chance to attack, God will send fire down from heaven and the wicked will be no more.
That’s a good thing, by the way. Revelation starts out scary-sounding, but it ends on a good note for God’s people. It isn’t scary or discouraging to look at the world news when we remember that God is using the trouble and is still on our side for life. It ends well. Hang in there! GOD IS WITH US.
Allissa Morrison is a former student of College View Academy, a member of the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and enjoys working in fast food.