How Can We Endure the Temptations and Chaos in The Last Days?

How Can We Endure the Temptations and
Chaos in The Last Days?

Are we living in the last days? Read the newspapers and the news sites on the Web, if that doesn’t tell you we are living in the last days then read the prophecies in the Bible about the way things will be in the last days. We are living in a day of chaos, temptation, blood and horror. Wickedness is pouring down upon all people everywhere. How can we endure the chaos of the signs of the times until our last breath?

The Prophet Isaiah speaks often about the last days before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Through his prophecy and those of other Old Testament prophecies we get a glimpse of what things will be like during the Last Days.

In Chapter 40 there is a beautiful verse that is often quoted for its imagery and its teaching of hope, it is Isaiah 40:31 which reads:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

I love this passage of scripture as much as the next Christian. I want to talk about what makes this passage so special, and why it gives hope to us living in the Last Days.

Let’s look at verses 28-30 which sets up verse 31 and explains some of the meaning of verse 31.

While there are many in the Last Days that will faint with weariness and have no strength, our Lord, the Creator of all things, will have all strength and will never faint. Our Lord will be the one constant to which we can look to for energy as we start to fail. He will strengthen us when we get weary from the chaos and commotion of the wickedness of the last days.

wings_as_eaglesVerse 28 reminds us that “there is no searching of his understanding.” In other words, he is all-knowing which means he can help us better than any other source to which we may be tempted to look.

“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths will faint and be weary, and the young men will utterly fall.”

Beautiful imagery. This all sounds great but it’s not as simple as those three verses alone may sound. Their meaning is dependant on what it says in verse 31 where it mentions an important phrase: “they that wait upon the Lord.”

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

For those who wait upon the Lord will be given power in the Last Days so that we may overcome temptations and have power to overcome the great wickedness and chaos of the end of times.

What does the word “wait” mean in this context? There are a few definitions that apply perfectly for this verse. “To be available or in a state of readiness; To eagerly look forward to; To attend upon (especially as a sign of respect); To perform the duties of an attendant or servant for; to call upon.”

Let’s reread verse 31 with some of these definitions in place of the word “wait” to see how it works.

“But they that are in a state of readiness upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Or,

how_can_we_deal_with_last_days“But they that eagerly look forward upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Or lastly,

“But they that that attend upon or perform the duties of an attendant upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

If we want the blessings of verse 31, and what Christian wouldn’t? We need to wait upon the Lord rather than go it alone in the perilous events of the last days. Always work on your faith that it fails not when needed the most.

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One Response

  1. Beautiful stuff man. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Check out my latest post on Faith…

    http://buildingabrandonline.com/mjdobbs/so-what-is-faith-video-by-jefferson-bethke/

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