Emily Wickham began her writing journey in 2005. She writes for LifeWay Christian Resources, blogs regularly, and enjoys serving the Lord as a devotional writer, Bible study author, and speaker. Visit Emily's YouTube channel for video messages and connect with her by subscribing to her blog, Heart Stirrings.
WARS, WORRIES, WORK, & WISDOM
“And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars, see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” (Matthew 24:6, NASB). “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
Jesus shared signs of His “coming, and of the end of the age” (Matt. 24:3) with His disciples. We’re living in days of fulfillment. For instance, we can attest to hearing of wars and rumors of wars more than ever. While wars certainly have occurred throughout history, they’re now increasingly taking place alongside other signs Jesus mentioned, such as “earthquakes … plagues and famines” (Luke 21:11). How should we as Christians respond?
We’re also faced with worries of everyday life: family situations, work issues, church concerns, and so on. How should we as Christians respond?
James 1:5 directs us to ask God for wisdom: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Please pray with me…
Loving Father in heaven,
You are holy, sovereign, and wise. You exist eternally, dwelling “in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16). We worship You, Almighty God, for who You are and all You’re accomplishing at this time. Thank You for telling us in Your Word about the things happening in the world today.
Yet sometimes, we worry.
We allow news reports to cause us fear even though You instruct us not to be frightened. We get mired down in life stresses because we fail to lean on You for strength. And even though we long to walk according to Your Word, we succumb to our sinful nature more often than we realize.
Please give us wisdom in these last days.
Show us the big picture—fill us with excitement over Jesus’ soon return! Enable us to abide in You, “so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:28). Help us joyfully anticipate the moment when every knee will bow and every tongue confess “that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11).
While we wait, please grant us wisdom to work for Your kingdom. Inspire us to reach out with the Good News of Jesus Christ, serving others with a heart for their salvation and spiritual growth.
Time is short.
Teach us to be holy like You (see 1 Peter 1:16) so we shine ever more brightly for You.
And Father, we lift up all those in the world—especially those in Ukraine—who are experiencing danger. Please protect our brothers and sisters in Christ and use this peril to draw many to Your Son at this late hour.
Lord Jesus, come.
In the meantime, lead us by the Holy Spirit and use us as Your hands and feet. We’re Your servants and Your bride, whom You bought with Your precious blood.
We love You, Lord.
You are worthy of all honor, worship, and glory. We magnify You, knowing You’re the only One who will ever bring peace to this earth.
In Your mighty name, the glorious name of JESUS, Amen.
Thanks, my friends, for praying with me.
If you feel overcome with worry for whatever reason, please download my free resource, “5 Go-To Verses When Dealing with Worry.” May God’s Word and His faithful presence bring you joy and comfort in these troubling times. He is “our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Let’s continue forward despite wars and worries, using God-given wisdom as we work for His glory.
In Christ’s Love,
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