Prayer and Praise
WHAT TIME IS IT?
II Tim. 3: 1-5
“This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
History records the fact that no nation has every gone down into oblivion because of an outside enemy until first it has been defeated from within. The wreckage of civilizations, empires, nations and tribes, known to us through the pages of history clearly reveals the fact that such destruction directly resulted from four things; first, loss of national pride; second, absence of a pioneer spirit; third, unwillingness to work hard for their own welfare and that of their fellowman; and fourth, these pleasures almost invariably led to an increasing degree of lust, licentiousness and sin in all its destructive hideousness. There are two danger signals seen on every hand which mark the impending doom of our nation as a great world power. They are, first, the extreme love of entertainment and pleasure which has become one of our basic goals and, second, the complete aversion to good hard work.
Thank God there is one way out of this morass of despair. There is only one way, it is found in the message of the Word of God. If only ministers of Protestant churches would once again herald the truth of the gospel; that men must be born again. Then, they will have the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives to change from their wicked ways. Then will morality and common decency once again be the unwritten law of the land and sin will be revealed in all of its hideousness instead of being held up as a most attractive part of life. Then will we be able to stay the onrushing tide that is surely about to sweep us to our national doom. On the other hand, this very trend might well be one of the signs that point to the soon return of the Lord. For it is clearly portrayed in numerous places throughout scripture that these conditions will prevail in the last days of this dispensation. The world is blindly saying, “Cheer up, the best is yet to come”, but the Word of God and the children of God exultantly exclaim, “Cheer up, the worst is yet to come” then the worst comes. Then we can look up and know that our redemption draweth nigh. The national picture and the world picture are very dark indeed. But to the child of God who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the future was never brighter and we joyously exclaim, “Even so come quickly, Lord Jesus.” Amen. Take time to read our text in II Tim. 3: 1-5. Read the list of things
which the apostle gave to young Timothy, then tell me, what time you think it is.
Kenneth K. Howe