Sunday, December 17, 2017

December 17: Nahum 1 – 3; Psalm 136; Proverbs 30:7-9; Revelation 8



Overview

            Nahum: The visions of Nahum against Nineveh. God is jealous, vengeful, and wrathful against his adversaries. However, he is slow to anger and has great power. He won’t let the guilty get away with anything. He controls all aspects of nature from wind to earthquakes. No one can stand before his anger. He is also good and a fortress for those who take refuge in him. But he will wipe out his enemies.
            He will destroy whatever you plan to do against him. From Nineveh one has plotted against the Lord. He will break Nineveh’s allies so they will not afflict Judah again. Nineveh will no longer have descendants and God will wipe out all their idols. On the mountains comes one bringing good news to Judah so they can celebrate their festivals. Nineveh won’t bother them again.
             Nineveh must brace itself for battle. The Lord will restore Jacob even though it has been laid waste. Soldiers dressed in red and scarlet and chariots will swarm the streets. Though the guards rush to the wall, the river will cause the palace to collapse. The people will be captured and exiled.
            The enemy plunders all the silver, gold, and supplies. Nineveh had been like a lion that killed its prey and fed its family. But where are they now? The Lord is against the city. The sword will kill the lions. No one will hear from them again.
            It was a city of blood, lies, plunder, and victims. But after the battle there are only piles of bodies. It is because of their idolatry, sorceries, prostitution, and witchcraft. The Lord will expose all the ugliness and make them a spectacle.
            They are no better than Cush, Egypt, Put, and Libya, countries that were also taken into exile and children killed. Nineveh will face the same thing. They will shake with fear before the enemy. All the work to prepare for siege and still they will be overthrown. The merchants, guards, officials are all like locust that fly away and no one knows where they are.
            Everyone who hears the news about Assyria and its king will rejoice. They have all felt his cruelty.
            Psalm: We are to give thanks to the Lord. We do this because he is good and his love is steadfast, forever it doesn’t change. We give thanks because he is the one and only God and it can be seen in the way he has created all things. It can be seen in the way he established Israel, brought them out of Egypt, gave them a land, and rescued them from his foes.
            Proverbs: Agur asks two things of the Lord before he dies. He wants to be kept from being a liar and to be neither rich nor poor. If rich, he’s afraid he will ignore God and if poor, to steal and therefore dishonor God.
            Revelation: The Lamb opens the seventh seal and there is silence in heaven for 30 minutes. Then seven angels that stand before God take seven trumpets. Another angel takes a censor with incense that is the prayers of the saints. He filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth. Then there was lightning, thunder, and earthquakes.
            The first angel blew his trumpet resulting in hail and blood thrown on the earth. It burned up one third of the vegetation on the earth. The second angel blew his trumpet and a blazing mountain was thrown in the ocean and it turned to blood. One third of marine animals died and one third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel blew his trumpet and a burning star fell on the fresh water turning a third of the waters poisonous. The star was called Wormwood. Many people died from the water. The fourth angel blew his trumpet and one third of the sun, moon, and stars turned dark. A third of the day and night lost their light.
            An eagle then flew through the midheavens warning those who live on the earth with three “woes” because of the next three trumpets.

What Stood Out

            Nahum: “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nah 1:3).
            Psalm: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps 136:1).
            Proverbs: “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread” (Prov 30:8 NIV).
            Revelation: “And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel” (Rev 8:3-4).

Insight

            Nahum: Nahum establishes God’s attributes before he puts forth what God is going to do to Nineveh. It is important to view God from his perspective and not ours. We must look at him with balance and not prejudice. Those who only read Nahum 1:2 will come away with a different picture of God than those who only read verse Nahum 1:7. We can’t even read about these attributes in the first chapter of Nahum and get a complete understanding of God. It takes the whole Bible to begin to understand him. When we get close, we then realize how little we know about the Lord. As in Revelation, the attributes of God precede the condemnation of evil and the descriptions of their punishment. It is only when we have a more complete picture of God’s holiness, goodness, justice, mercy, anger, and all his other attributes can we understand why evil must be ended, whether it is in the short-term like Nineveh, or in finality as in Revelation.
            Psalm: If we really understood the impact of Psalm 136:1, we would be in a very good spiritual place. Saying that God is good is an understatement that can be seen when we are thankful for all he has done in our lives and the lives of every other person in the world. It can be seen in what he did for Israel, but especially in our salvation through Jesus. It should make us thankful because his love doesn’t change. That love that he worked in Jesus to forgive us came while we were his enemies. He still loved us even then! He will always love us.
            Proverbs: Agur asks for some very important things that are very wise for anyone’s life. The first goes a long way in godly living and that is to keep from lying. The best way to do that is to have truth in our hearts. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). He is full of truth (John 1:14). Truth comes from Jesus (John 1:17). When we abide in Jesus, we will know the truth and it sets us free (John 8:31-31). Jesus came to bear witness of the truth (John 18:37).
            The second thing he asks for is also important and that is to be content with worldly possessions. Having too much is a real roadblock to knowing God (Mark 10:25). Having too little is not the real problem, but it is wanting more and therefore sinning in order to get more. Paul showed what real contentment is like and that including plenty, in need, and includes being hungry (Phil 4:11-12).
            Revelation: In chapter 6, the focus of tribulation was on wars and the probable results being famine and deaths. These are all the destructions caused by our own evils. After the interlude of chapter 7, the seventh seal is opened. The astonishing thing is that it results in silence in heaven. Until now, we seen singing and praises to God. Now it all stops. No one moves, no one utters a single sound. The suspense must have been killing John. Silence when we expect something is alarming. Listen to the radio and just a few seconds of dead air gets your attention.
            When our attention is fixed on the Lord he continues with his plan. But before the plan starts, we see our prayers being offered to the Lord by an angel. Every prayer we’ve uttered for the Lord to come and administer justice is about to be answered. Some of these prayers reach back into antiquity. The cries against the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah reached the Lord and I imagine are still stored waiting to be added to the censor. Every prayer that we have said asking the Lord to return and the ones of the future are about to be answered.
            Instead of disasters caused by human sinfulness, we will now see supernatural disasters. All speculations aside, there is no way we can attribute these to natural causes. Some sound like asteroids colliding with the earth but lightning mingled with blood? Just how does a third of the day not have sun or a third of the night not have light? The descriptions and the results can only be attributed to God.
            This is the message of this chapter. Justice is coming from God by his power and his design. He is not even using human agencies as he did when he punished Nineveh, Judah, Assyria, Israel, Babylon, Edom, etc. These are all delivered by the angels who stand before God.
            We need to give him the glory for it all and we need to make sure our lives are right before him.

Application

             I like what Agur had to say about being content and even more what Paul did to expand on it. Paul suffered more than we can imagine but was content with serving the Lord. If we face global disasters or smaller one, or if everything is coming up roses, I want to be able to know the Lord and be content with his plan for me and the world.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

December 16: Micah 5 – 7; Psalm 135:11-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 7



Overview

            Micah: In a future battle, Israel will be struck. But from Bethlehem, the ruler of Israel will come. He is from before time. Israel will be beaten by her enemies for a time. After his birth and Israel returns, he will shepherd the people in the name of the Lord. They will be secure and he will rule the earth. He will deliver from Assyria then seven shepherds and eight princes will rule Assyria.
            The remnant of Israel will spread out all over the earth like dew and rule them like a lion over sheep. All enemies will be defeated. The Lord will destroy all the enemy nations and remove their sorceries, fortune tellers, and idols. He will execute vengeance on nations that did not obey.
            The Lord calls on Israel to reply to his indictment against them by speaking to the mountains. He asks how he has wronged them. He brought them from Egypt and slavery. They are to remember the times he saved them. Micah answers and asks how to approach the Lord. Should he bow or bring thousands of offerings and sacrifices? The Lord answers that he has been told to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
            It is wise to fear the Lord. He will not forget stored up evil of all kinds. Therefore, he will make them desolate because of their sins. They will not have enough to eat and supplies will be given to the enemy. The have followed the ways of the kings of Israel.
            The godly of the land are gone like fruit after the gleaners have taken it all. The evil people are good at being evil. The best of them is like a thorn or hedge of thorns. Their punishment is at hand. They can’t trust anyone, even their spouses or children.
            Micah will look to the Lord and wait for him. Those who persecute him should not rejoice because he will be vindicated by the Lord. But the earth will be desolate. He asks the Lord to shepherd his people like he did when they came out of Egypt. Then the nations will turn to the Lord and fear him.
            Who is like the Lord who forgives and leaves a remnant? He isn’t angry forever but delights in love. He will have compassion on Israel again. Their sins will be cast into the sea and he will be faithful to Abraham’s descendants.
            Psalm: We are to praise the Lord for his feats in history. He struck down Sihon, Og, and the Canaanite kings. He gave the lands to Israel.
            God’s name endures forever and his fame will be known forever. The Lord takes care of his servants. The gods of the other nations are nothing, they can’t speak, hear, and have no breath. Those who worship them will be like them.
            Israel, the house of Aaron and Levi, and all people who fear the Lord are to praise the Lord who dwells in Jerusalem.
            Proverbs: Everything God says is true and he shields those who trust him. So, don’t add to what he’s said or he will he will correct you and show that you are a liar.
            Revelation: Next, John saw four angels at the corners of the earth holding back the winds of the earth. Another angel came from the east with God’s seal. He told the four angels not to harm the things of the earth with the winds until the servants of God have been sealed on their foreheads. 144,000 were sealed, 12,000 from each tribe of Israel. (Dan isn’t listed and Ephraim would be include in Joseph but Manasseh is listed instead of included in Joseph.)
            Next, John saw an innumerable crowd of people from every nation, tribe, people, and language before the throne clothed in white. They shouted that salvation belongs to God on the throne and the Lamb. All the angels, elders, and 4 living creatures fell down and worshiped God. They agreed and said that blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might belong to God forever.
            An elder asked John who the people were. John didn’t know so the elder told him they are the ones that come out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes in the Lamb’s blood. They will serve God before his throne day and night. God will shelter them and they will no longer have hardships. The Lamb will shepherd them and lead them to living water and comfort them.

What Stood Out

            Micah: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days” (Mic 5:2).
            Psalm: “Those who make them [idols] become like them, so do all who trust in them!” (Ps 135:18).
            Proverbs: “Every word of God proves true … Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar” (Prov 30:5-6).
            Revelation: “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev 7:14).

Insight

            Micah: Micah was blessed with the privilege of forecasting the birthplace of the Messiah (Mic 5:2). There is no doubt that about this prophecy. The description of the ruler who will come cannot be understood to mean anything other than God in the flesh. He comes forth from God but his origin is the same as God’s. He is from ancient days. In other words, he has always existed. He comes froth not as a created being, but he is presented by the Father to the world. His delay in taking the kingdom on earth is revealed in Micah 5:3. His second coming will be after Israel has been regathered. When he rules on earth people will dwell securely.
            There should be no doubt in our minds that Jesus is the Messiah and that he is both man by reason of his birth and God by reason of his preexistence. Since the prophecy of his birth has come true as well as many other prophecies, we should consider the prophecies of his second coming as well. Just as Micah told of the punishment of Israel, we also have warning about our lives. We should understand that we can’t do good without Jesus. Only when we have Jesus can we do good, do justice, love kindness (mercy), and walk humbly with our God (Mic 6:8).
            Psalm: We have many reasons to praise the Lord. The Psalmist looks back at some of Israel’s history to find reason. God saved them out of Egypt and gave them a land. We can look back and ponder the most incredible salvation of all when Jesus died for our sins and recued us for eternity. The other nations worshiped idols and they will all face an eternity that is as impotent as the idols they worshiped. We trust in the Lord and can face a powerful eternity of blessing with our Lord. We who fear the Lord have that trust in Jesus and we will be blessed as we praise him.
            Proverbs: How do you respond when someone says the Lord told him something very specific? I generally say nothing or something passive like, “That’s interesting.” If they say something that is contrary to the Bible, I’ll confront them about it. But things like, “The Lord told me I would be healed in three days,” I just wait and see. I know one person who said that to me but he added, “That was four days ago, so I guess I didn’t hear correctly.” He died two weeks later. He was right on the second part. It was wise of him to admit it.
            Prov 30:5-6 is a strong statement in Scripture for us to be careful when we hear something from the Lord. Nothing we hear from him can be equated to the authority of the Bible. He may give us some personal insight or direction, but we should be very careful when we talk about it. It is one thing to be prompted in our spirit to do something we believe the Lord wants us to do. But, it is something else to say he spoke a prophecy of the future and then to have to admit we either didn’t hear him correctly or we are liars when it doesn’t happen. If he does tell us to do something specific, it better not contradict what God has already said, and if it is him, then we better obey.
            Revelation: There are some things in the book of Revelations that we will never have  perfect answers for until we are all in heaven. The first one in this chapter is the 144,000 Jews who were sealed. We know they are Jews because they come from the tribes of Israel. We know that the Lord holds back some of the destruction of the earth until they are sealed. We find them again in chapter 14 standing on Mount Zion with Jesus. Because of this, they are more likely symbolic rather than literally 144,000 Jews. The primary reason is that chapter 14 is long before Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives. We’ve been told that Jesus will return there when he comes back. If he is standing on Mount Zion, then this must be figurative and not literal. That would make the 144,000 Jews figurative as well, especially when we see their uncharacteristic purity (Rev 14:4).
            We also have questions as to why the tribe of Dan is missing and Ephraim is not mentioned but implied in Joseph while Manasseh is mentioned. Regarding Dan, many people speculate they are missing because they were the first to introduce idolatry in Israel and persisted until the captivity as mentioned in Judges 18:30 (Barnes' Notes). However, Barnes also notes that because the listing of the tribes in other places substitute one tribe for another doesn’t make this substitution significant. I would mention that if these men are all following Jesus, then they would have to be Christians. They couldn’t be selected simply based on their tribe. If this is the case, then there is no reason to have Dan omitted because of their familial sins. If that were true, then none of us should be saved, or any of the tribes of Israel either.
            The next point of this chapter that is difficult is the number of people saved out of the great tribulation. Different versions translate this slightly differently with three meanings. They 1 –  are coming out (ESV), 2 – have come out (NIV), come out (NASU NKJV), or 3 – came out (KJV) of the great tribulation. Is the tribulation going on during chapter 7 (option 1)? Is the tribulation next (option 2)? Is the tribulation over (option 3 and possibly 2)? The answer affects how we view the rest of Revelation? You see why this can be confusing. I would think it is a preview of the end after the tribulation is over.
            Whenever the great tribulation ends, these are the ones saved during that time. The great thing to understand from this is that salvations continue to come even if the rapture has occurred or not. It is never too late to call on Jesus for salvation, Jew or Gentile.

Application

             I’m not going to claim I have the best answers or insights into God’s word. I don’t want to be one of those who thinks God has told me something and I have an inside track. That’s why I recommend we always study the word to make sure that even our best teachers are accurate. We want to verify it from God’s word and not be led astray.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 15: Micah 1 – 4; Psalm 135:1-10; Proverbs 30:1-4; Revelation 6



Overview

            Micah: The Lord’s words to Micah during the reigns of Judah’s kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. The Lord declares he will come down and walk on the earth melting it like wax. It will be because of the sins of Jacob and Israel. The high places of these sins are in Samaria and Jerusalem. The idols in Samaria will be demolished when he destroys the city and farmland. The mourning will be intense and their sins incurable. The sins have even come to Jerusalem. The disaster will affect many cities in the land and will start with Lachish because that is where it started in Judah. They will all mourn.
            Woe to those who think about evil during the night then do it the next day. They steal land and houses as they oppress people. They will face God’s disaster. Their pride will come against them and others will get their fields.
            They don’t want the prophets to mention this but the Lord will do good to the good, but his people are an enemy as they devour their own people dispossessing women and children. All they want to hear is forecasts of good times and parties.
            In the future the Lord will gather the remnant into one country and their king will go before them.
            The rulers of Jacob and Israel don’t exercise justice. It is like they were butchering people. The Lord will not answer these rulers. The prophets are no better because they predict peace when war is coming. He will disgrace them all when they have no visions or things to say from the Lord. But Micah is filled with the Spirit and power to expose Jacob’s sins. The rulers who hate justice, shed blood in Jerusalem, take bribes, teach and prophecy for money think the Lord is among them and no disaster will overtake them. Zion will be plowed and Jerusalem destroyed.
            In the end times, the temple will be established on the highest mountain. People will come from all nations to be taught the Lord’s ways. The law and word of God will come from Jerusalem. He will judge nations. Everyone will be at peace with plenty. They will walk in the name of the Lord forever.
            All the lame and outcast will become a strong nation. The kingship will come to Jerusalem. But now, you will mourn and writhe in agony because you will be exiled to Babylon. You will be rescued from there. Now, nations come against Zion, but they don’t know or understand God’s plan. It will happen that Zion will raise up and destroy these nations.
            Psalm: We servants of the Lord are to praise the Lord. We praise him in his house and his courts. We praise him because he is good and his name is pleasant and he chose Israel as his own. He is above all other gods. He does what he wants in all parts of the earth. He raises clouds, makes lightening, rain, and wind. He killed the firstborn of Egypt and also performed other miracles there. He wiped out nations and their kings.
            Proverbs: We have God’s oracle to Agur, son of Jakeh. Men cry to God that they are too weary to keep going. They complain they don’t know enough or are stupid. They think they don’t have enough wisdom or knowledge of God. Only God has been in heaven and came down. He is he one who controls the wind and rain as well as everything in all parts of the earth. What’s his name or his son’s name? Only God knows.
            Revelation: The Lamb opens the first four seals of the scroll and one of the living creature says “Come” as each is opened. A horse appears as each is opened. The first is a white horse and the rider comes conquering. The second horse is bright red and the rider takes peace from the earth. The third is a black horse and the John hears that food will be expensive but not wine and oil. The fourth horse is pale and is ridden by Death with Hades following. They kill 1/4th of the people on the earth by war, famine, pestilence, and wild animals.
            The fifth seal is opened and John sees the souls of those who have been martyred for witnessing about God’s word. They are under the altar. They ask how long it will be until the Sovereign Lord avenges their death. They were given white robes and told to rest until the complete number of martyrs is finished.
            A great earthquake occurred when the Lamb opened the sixth seal. The sun became black, the moon red and stars fell to the earth. The sky disappeared like a scroll being rolled up. Mountains and islands were moved. Everyone from kings to slaves hid in caves and called to the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the face of the Lord and from the wrath of the Lamb. The great day of their wrath has come.

What Stood Out

            Micah: “If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, ‘I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,’ he would be the preacher for this people!” (Mic 2:11).
            Psalm: “I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods” (Ps 135:5).
            Proverbs: “Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!” (Prov 30:4).
            Revelation: “[People hiding in caves were] calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev 6:16).

Insight

            Micah: Micah was one of the few prophets of his time who was actually speaking the words of God (Jer 26:18). Israel was particularly bad because the sins of Jeroboam continued long after he set up images and temples to replace the worship in Jerusalem. These were also introduced into Judah by the people of Lachish (Mic 1:13). The priest of Israel were not Levitical priests but those appointed by the king from any tribe. Naturally, those appointments offered power to the ones in office and therefore bribes were offered to have them. So priest became priests only for the money. They had no interest in serving the Lord. The prophets in Judah were doing the same thing. They were no better than modern-day fortune tellers. They would tell people exactly what they wanted to hear. Soon after spiritual decline occurred, injustice, oppression, and outright bloodshed followed.
            Paul predicted the same thing will occur in our end-times. The descriptions of people during Micah’s days are summarized in 2 Timothy 3:1 for our future and perhaps even now. They will not love good or people but love money and evils. They will pretend to be godly but will deny that God has any power (2 Tim 3:1-5). People will only want preachers who tell them what they want to hear (2 Tim 4:3). We already see this with many churches preaching that homosexuality is good and blessed by God as well as other destructive heresies.
            The problem is that we are all sinners and this is what we do when we don’t want God to tell us what to do. This is what it means to be an enemy of God. We’ll do what we want to get what we want and if that means oppressing others in any way, we’ll do it. The only solution to this is salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus can turn the worst of us into godly people. We can’t do it on our own, it has to come from God. Those wants for ourselves will not turn into wants to do God’s will until we get a new heart from Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps 51:17).
            Psalm: What do you think about when the Psalmist says God is great? That word great doesn’t do justice to who God is. It is just the tip of the iceberg. The Psalmist will go on for some time telling just what it is to be great. Only a great God could plan all of history from the beginning of creation to the culmination of history in the new heaven and earth when we enter eternity with him. Think of all that has happened and will happen between these two times. Only a great God could make it happen that Jesus would come at the right time to save us from our sins. Only a great God would allow Adam and Eve to sin knowing it would cost his death on the cross to save us. Only a Great God can be trusted to save some of us and allow some of us to continue to rebel against him. It is beyond my understand just how great he is.
            Proverbs: Back when Agur received this prophecy from the Lord, no one knew the name of Jesus. Agur probably wasn’t thinking about the incarnation. He was probably expressing the thought that we can’t go up to heaven and find out what God is like and then bring that knowledge back. He may have been simply echoing what the Lord told Moses in Deuteronomy 30:12 when he said that God is not far off. But we know that Jesus is the answer to all the questions. Because he has come down and returned, no one needs to become weary trying to understand God. No one is too stupid to learn wisdom from the Lord Jesus. However, we must admit we hadn’t acknowledged Jesus before we can know him. That simply means confessing our sins of rebellion against him and asking him to take over our weary, stupid, rebellious lives. Then we will know him because, “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Ps 9:10 NIV).
            Revelation: This chapter in Revelation is a preview of the following chapters. The four horses show a glimpse of what will happen later in the book. The first rider has minimal weapons and yet conquers much. He appears to be the one who makes a covenant with many for seven years and uses cunning to accomplish his goal (Dan 8:23, 25; 9:27).
            The second rider is the same person. He takes peace from the land and fulfills Daniel 8:24 and 9:27 when he breaks the covenant in the middle of the seven years. The next two horses show the destruction and human misery that will occur during this time.
            The fifth seal illustrates the fact that from the beginning of time, people have been killed and will continue to be killed because of the word of God. When the tribulation comes, there will still be Christians who are being killed as the following chapters will detail. It won’t be over until the last person who is destined to die for Christ does.
            This last seal is the one that causes confusion among people. You have two choice if you believe in literal biblical interpretation and this isn’t symbolic or has already happened. 1) If you don’t believe this chapter is a preview of the coming tribulation, then the wrath of God has come during this chapter and therefore, the rapture must have occurred already (1 Thes 5:9). 2) This is a preview and we will see God’s wrath later. I believe the send option is correct.
            Does it make a difference? Yes, because the first option leads us to believe that much of the book of Revelation is not applicable to any of us today because we won’t see it, as the rapture has already occurred. The second option allows us to put presuppositions about the timing of the rapture away and look to the word to inform us when it comes. It means that we must be prepared for tribulation whether it is “regular” or “great.” We may indeed see some of the horrors described in the following chapters.

Application

             While much of Revelation and what Paul wrote points to a worsening spiritual climate and increased persecution of Christians, I will remain steadfast that our God is great. How much we will see in our future of this worsening is unknown to us. But we don’t have to worry because God is Great. He will keep us faithful to the end.