“In the last days distressing times will come. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. ” 2 Timothy 3:1; James 5:8.
That the “last days” are already upon all of us is the clear and consistent witness of the New Testament. Christians need to be prepared for the hardship and suffering associated with these last days. Paul later warns, “Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”
This is a sobering reminder to so many of us who work in environments that may be difficult but are far less threatening than the social realities of the first century or even of many places in the world today. Of Course, we thank God for Ukraine relief, but as much as I wished to sugarcoat this message, it occure to me again and again that “As Christians, minister or not, we should expect mistreatment at work, injustice, prejudice, opposition, and mockery anywhere~anytime.”
NOTE: Is any among us afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms, because If we experience few of these things stably or concurrently, we have cause for rejoicing either-way.. Alas! The Lord is calling you and myself back to reconcile with HIM in full, thereby reassuring us in John 16:33 that “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. Peace be unto You!