Voice of Truth Project

Finding freedom through a Christ-filled life

Stone #5 May 18, 2011

Filed under: Killing the Giant — Voice of Truth Project @ 1:32 pm

Okay, folks, I’m back.  Sorry for taking so long to put up a new post.  I was out of town, and honestly, I wasn’t sure how to say what I wanted to convey with this fifth stone.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

This may sound weird, but here it is anyway.  I have been scared with thoughts that I will be martyred.  I don’t do pain very well.  I have no idea where that came from, but it has been there for years.  Since my late teens.  Anyway…

With all of the things going on around the world, earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, food prices going to soar, fuel prices already soaring… I believe that we are in or are starting into end-times.  No, I’ve not turned into the guy that walks around downtown (some of you have seen him) screaming that the world is going to end this year.  Just with everything that is happening, it makes me wonder.

I am in no way an end-times scholar.  I know that I need to learn more.  I don’t know which is right with pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation as scripture is not forthcoming and saying it explicitly.  Actually, Jesus himself said,

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  Matthew 24:36

There is a lot of debate on when the rapture (the second coming of Christ when we will meet Him in the air) will occur.  It doesn’t really matter when it does; we are to be ready regardless. 

Side note: There is a great article on Crosswalk.com that explains the speculations concerning the future, called “Studying the Bible: The Future and Prophetic Scenarios.”

Over the past couple of weeks, as I mulled over my thoughts on this post, Matthew 6:34 came to mind. 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

Ever since then, I’ve had a peace about this fear.  It is amazing to me at how, when you sit back and truly think about these things, and not panicking or living in the fear, how God answers us.  I honestly don’t think about being martyred as much anymore.  When I do, I pull out stone #5, load it in my sling-shot, and wham!  Smack that thought right back down, and move on.

This examination in Killing the Giant has been very freeing.  I will not say that I don’t struggle now and then with the old fears, because I do.  The difference… I reach right into my pouch and pull out which ever stone I need and whack that giant back.  Each time, he is getting smaller and smaller, and easier to beat.  There will come a time when I will only need to reach for the pouch and he will go running.  Until then, I will keep wailing those stones and smacking him right between the eyes.

Photo by Maribeth Moore

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