Ashamed and Troubled?

I know exactly what you are felling. Half a lifetime and not so long ago I fidgeted in seat, palms sweaty and heart racing. I looked for any excuse to dismiss myself from the service as the preacher preached about the last days and described the soon to come events that left an already anxious teenager feeling the weight of uncertainty and the fear of being lost and alone. I was troubled by the signs of the times.

Uncertainty remains. I’m not sure exactly how or when everything is going to unfold in these last days. Men who have given much more time to the study of these things often disagree. I don’t rejoice when I hear of earthquakes and famines. My mind still explores the fearful possibilities when I hear of wars and rumors of wars. Yet despite all of these things, the trouble is gone.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8).

It is not God’s will for you to be fearful and troubled as the end draws near. In fact, His Word teaches us to comfort each other by talking about His return (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). We should be confident concerning the appearing of Jesus Christ, not fearful and ashamed (1 John 2:28, 4:17,18). It may be that the fear you are feeling is evidence of your need to make your heart right in repentance and trust the Lord for salvation.

Jesus gave the ultimate reason for us to banish trouble from our hearts:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3).

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