Why Was I Born in Times Like These?

Do you ever get discouraged with the times we live in? I do, as I watch our great nation rapidly decline in ethics, morality and decency! Our freedoms are slowly being stripped away from our children and grandchildren.

After the news, my husband and I were sitting at the dinner table talking about the unbelievable outrageous current events that are taking place in our country, when he said, “We are living at a time when men call evil good and good evil.”

Yes, I know the dinner table talk was not good for digestion, but sometimes you just think in horror, “How despicable!”

NewsGod says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

I counted 100 Scriptures of God saying, “Woe”!  When God says, “Woe,” people had better listen!

Even though we are living in an Isaiah 5:20 time of life, we must teach our children they were born in a most privileged time. Why? God put them on this earth at this particular time to make a difference! God created them for a purpose.

We must teach our children to stand alone in a worldly world! We must teach them to be salt and light in a dark world peppered with evil!

salt“Ye are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13. For salt to do its job, it must get out of the salt shaker and make contact. We must teach our children to be savory by reaching the lost.  

We also need to teach our children to be grateful to be born in a time when they have the complete Word of God. Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” Matthew 13:17

I am glad I was not born in Old Testament days. They did not have modern conveniences such as a home with running water. Sara lived in a tent and she was considered rich. The folks who lived in Old Testament days also did not have the complete Word of God that we now have. We are living in a time and in a country with many conveniences that we often take for granted.

Reaching Muslims for Christ

We need to teach our children that in some countries the people are not allowed to own a Bible. A child must learn to never take their Bible for granted.

Pray about taking a family mission trip. Our family was able to go on a mission trip to a closed country. We legally passed out Bibles to Muslims in Spain as they were returning by ferry to Morocco and Algeria, where they are not allowed freedom of worship. The Muslims had to

Our family passing out Bibles to Muslims
Our family passing out Bibles to Muslims

hide the Bibles we gave them as they went through Customs in their closed country. So many Muslims were hungry for the truth about Jesus.  One Muslim said, “I am not like my family. I am searching for the truth.” I said, “The Bible teaches, ‘Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one comes to God, but by Jesus.'” How excited this young man was to discover the truth about Jesus Christ!

Even if people are calling evil good and good evil in the USA, we can still be thankful we are allowed to own a Bible in our country. Our government does not confiscate our Bibles, thank the Lord. Do we teach our children by example how to take good care of God’s Word?

Teach children that having a thankful heart will cushion them from the trials that attack them. Parents, do our children see us as having a thankful heart?

We do not need to defend the Word of God, we need to declare the Word of God. Witnessing to others is not a program; it is a lifestyle.

Let us begin today to teach our children:

  • Read the Word of God until God speaks to you!
  • Study the Word of God until God reveals Himself!
  • Meditate throughout the day on the Word of God to have wisdom in the hour of opportunity!
  • Live the Word of God! Nothing gives us as much joy as precious fellowship with Christ!
  • Declare the Word of God to others, so they will trust Jesus! Teach children, “If we saw a house burning, we would do all we could to rescue the people inside.  We need to do all we can to rescue the perishing.”
Siblings

Mothers, we are all a work in progress. If you have desire, discipline and determination to please the Lord, you will!  The signs of the times might get us down, but if we continue to mentor (disciple) our children, we will make a glorious difference in a dark world. Our children will brighten up the world as they shine as light reflectors of Jesus.

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
What a privilege to be alive in these times!

Annette McEndarfer

Amen!!!! We are here as Esther was in her time… For such a time as this!
Memorizing the Word too…. especially since there may be a day when Bibles will not be allowed.

Miriam Nissley

Thank you for your encouraging words in discouraging times. I find it very motivating to know that there is a purpose to my life, even in times such as these. Even though four of my children are in adulthood and my youngest is close to joining that new category, I find that the parenting does not end. It is important that I seek the Lord, partake of His Word, and allow His Spirit to guide and fill me with His power, in order to continue being a positive influence in the lives of my children and those around me. It is so easy to feel discouraged with world happenings and especially those things happening in our very own country, and sometimes even with the choices that my children make that don’t line up with my expectations. It would be so easy to give in and live defeated lives. But God has so much more for us if only we would turn our eyes upon Him. He is in control and He is worthy of glory, praise and honor. A five-year old boy in my Sunday School class told me that “at school they don’t think that God is as big, but I know that He is because I go to Sunday School and learn all about Him.” (Not exact words, as I could not write down everything he said fast enough, but I was so surprised at his insight at such a young age. Our story was on Jonah and the Whale. Earlier I had asked the class if they ever had felt like running away. This little boy said why would anyone do that when God loves them so much. So precious! I went on to explain that when I was five years old I “ran away” from home. I didn’t like something that my mother had told me, so I got on my tricycle and went to the area that she had forbidden me to go. I didn’t think about money, food, or where I would sleep. But my parents cared for me and searched for me until they found me. This little boy couldn’t figure out why I would have done such a thing! It certainly was not a smart thing to do! This reminds me of a verse that I read today from Ezekiel 34:15-16. “I myself will tend to my sheep and have them lie down,” declares the Sovereign LORD. “I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak…I will shepherd the flock with justice.” I found this verse comforting (not sure what version as it was in a book I was reading). Especially in a day and age where we have lots of lost people. It gave me hope for those who are lost & has motivated me to pray that they will be found by the Good Shepherd. My parents found me as a lost child, and I’m sure that justice was administered, but I also know that the love that they had for me was evident. Well, I didn’t mean to write so much! But I appreciate the challenge you gave to draw close to God! It is where we need to be! And the light will shine around us as a testimony of God’s greatness!

Linda Hoover

That was very well said, Miriam. I love your words, ” It is important that I seek the Lord, partake of His Word, and allow His Spirit to guide and fill me with His power, in order to continue being a positive influence in the lives of my children and those around me.” I also love your story about the little boy in your Sunday School class. We can learn so much from the faithful sweet hearts of little children. I know that you are like me and desire to finish well. Living for the day where I will one day stand before the Lord to give an account spurs me on. You are precious to God, Miriam! I am praying for you and your family now as I write. Thank you for sharing fragrant words from your heart. ღ

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