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Making It Through (Matthew 24:15-38)

Imagine this end-times scene:  false messiahs, false messages, lawlessness, death, war and more than we would ever want to face in our lives.  In Matthew 24, the scene is so bad that it says the love of many will grow cold.

So how do we survive?  If we had to face all these things there is one word that possesses our greatest need during the tribulation.  It is not “love,” but love is contained within it.  It is not “strength,” but strength is found in it.  It is not “hope,” but we can find hope in it.

What is the word we are looking for that will see us through a season like this?  The word is “truth.”  This word is dividing because there is one truth:  God’s truth expressed in His Word.  It is in truth that we find the love of God, the strength and reason to make it through and we are given hope, no matter what happens in our lives.

We live in a society that has discarded truth for personal preference.  Society has made personal preference so valuable that we now call it personal truth as if elevating our perspective makes us the authority of the lives God has authored.

The point of making it through is not about coping.  It is about holding to truth and in this, finding yourself holding to Jesus.  Some may cope on their own, but they find themselves lost within everything that is going to happen and all the lies spoken within this season.  At some point, people will either attempt to determine truth or yield to God’s established truth.

For the believer living out the truth, God’s truth, truth now becomes the compass and despite what is happening, a Christian experiences the reality of living for something greater.  You will never be strong enough or informed enough in worldly knowledge to find what you are looking for at the end of this life.  The person who yields to the reality and direction of Jesus finds everything they were hoping for and more.  The promise of the Bible is more than ease or comfort, it is truth.

How you treat your Bible matters.  Everything you have ever needed to know is found in this book.  It is the truth you are looking for.  Your life is what it is intended to be when you know the Word, live by it and as a result, learn what it means to live for God and enjoy His benefits.

At the end of his days, Solomon exhausts every pleasure of this life that he can find.  He observes the world to the fullest and his ending thought is simply this:

 Ecclesiastes 12:13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

This is how we live.  This is how we find something greater than this life knowing we are in God’s hands.