2Tim. 3:1-5 ¶ But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
It seems like every week unlocks another version and a horrible new level of what Paul called “difficult times”. Recently we had the mass killing in Las Vegas at a Country-western concert of all things. Immediately following that was the horrible event in Texas leaving twenty six people dead during Sunday worship, and another shooting connected to a school just yesterday. The world is obviously spiraling as the end of this age approaches.
In times like this there are several responses people may take. The obvious one is fear and depression. Jesus even said that people’s hearts would be failing them for fear as the end approached. For others the response is quite different, those who are being attracted to the Lord seem to become more and more connected to Him. Suddenly it becomes clear to us that this world is temporary and another world is breaking in on us. Paul mentioned something at the end of this passage in today’s scripture: he said in this difficult times even church people would forsake the power of God. Paul said that many would have an outward form of godliness but would deny the power of God. What a tragic response! It is in these times that we need His power.
Those who are dealing with fear and depression regrettably look for solutions to their dilemma in other places. Self medication seems to be at an all time high and the horrible result is a shocking increase in opioid addiction. Thousands of people from every economic status are suffering the ravages of addiction. The results are lost jobs, families, and for many the loss of life itself. To me the obvious answer is the power of God. Only the power of God can meet the need of our hungry heart, only the power of God can deliver us from from the clutches of addiction. Only the power of God can keep us in these perilous times. So I say rather than backing off of the supernatural in church and in our personal lives I say ramp it up. Come Lord, show your power in this day preparing us for the things to come.