In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.
By David Wilkerson
Jesus tells us what we are to do when we begin to see upheaval in the world:
“There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:25-28).
Notice Christ says, “When you begin to see these things happen, then look up, lift your heads.” This suggests things are going to get worse and become more intense. Therefore, now is the time to set our hearts — to draw near to the Lord — and anchor our faith in his Word.
What is the faith we are to stand on? It is that the devil cannot hurt us. The most chaotic news cannot hurt us. All evil dictators are going to blow away like chaff and we are going to see Christ coming in his glory. This is what allows us to say in evil times, “Live or die, I am the Lord’s. He is sovereign over all that is happening around us.”
In the midst of this worldwide “shaking of all things,” where is the Lord’s attention focused? Is his great concern on the events of the Middle East or rumblings in other parts of the world? No! The Bible tells us God’s vision is trained on his children. “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 33:18).
Our Father is aware of every movement on the earth, by every living thing, and yet his gaze is focused primarily on the well-being of his children. He fixes his eyes on the needs of each of us. “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15).