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What can people do to better prepare for the uncertainties of the future?

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Troubled times are unfolding worldwide. A person cannot watch the news for five minutes without realizing that nations are in turmoil and people’s hearts are weary and fearful. The politicians debate and argue, claiming they can solve the issues that batter us. But we know that isn’t possible. What can people do to better prepare ourselves and our families for the uncertainties of the future? – F.U.

A: It is strange that we prepare for everything except meeting God. We prepare for marriage and for a career. We prepare for athletic contests. A person attempting to be on an Olympic team anywhere in the world practices his or her sport several hours a day, perhaps for years, before feeling prepared. But we do not prepare to meet God. Even though many see the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, by and large we are making few preparations to meet God. This is a time for repentance and faith. It is a time for soul-searching, a time to see if our anchor holds.

We must make sure of our relationship with God. As Amos the prophet saw the day of judgment fast approaching for Israel, he warned the people to prepare to meet God (see Amos 4:12). The word preparedness should be a key word for everyone. But we get so distracted by the problems that we forget where to look – up! It doesn’t mean that God will keep His people from adversity. God has not promised to deliver us from trouble, but He has promised to go with us through the trouble. If we are not strengthening the inner man now by daily walking with God, when a crisis comes we will quake with fear and retreat, having no strength to stand up for Christ – for He stands with His people.

 

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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

©2024 Billy Graham Literary Trust. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


(c)2024 BILLY GRAHAM DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.


 

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