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Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV).
A few days ago, we discussed (here) how a ‘new’ organ was recently discovered in the human head. Today comes a story (from CNN, USA Today, Fox, and the Times) that a new coral reef, one the size of the Empire State Building, was recently discovered off the coast of Australia. You know what that means: people have been sailing off Australia for hundreds of years and have, in all that time, overlooked something obvious. In other words, even as a learned, educated, and experienced people, humanity has many things to learn.
Keep that in mind as this world seems to careen out of control. The talking heads of the media, academia, and ‘leaders’ all tell us to ignore simple things in front of our eyes. “Gaslighting” has become a commonplace word in our modern lexicon: you don’t see what you’re really seeing. Maybe the folks who are predicting this as the start of the end times are right; maybe they aren’t. From what I’ve read in the Bible, there are many more signs to be fulfilled, but who am I to say? Besides, if I were to agree, no doubt someone would disagree. And if I disagree, no doubt there is someone out there who would criticize me for not agreeing.
After all, “haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate, hate)”. Or so Taylor Swift sang. And she’s become a modern day scoffer! Right after that, Taylor sang that we should just shake it all off and not sweat the small stuff (and for good reason; more in a minute). Now look at the poor girl. All alone, rich, famous, and still pining in angst over lost boyfriends.
Perhaps Taylor needs to be reminded that the scoffers scoff (scoff, scoff, scoff, scoff; ok, I’ll stop). When the heartbreakers stop breaking and the fakers stop faking, they’re left to see that God is bigger than all of it. Jesus was and is and is to come before, during, and after this world. No matter what undiscovered reefs we sail, no matter how many people hate us, no matter what the smartest people say, what Jesus said is still over it. Nothing they (or we) know was created without Jesus; nothing we (or they) think or say is done without Jesus knowing it first.
And with that in mind, someday I’d like to see that reef in Australia. In the meantime, when the world comes at us, just shake it off.
For further reading: Isaiah 5:19, Ezekiel 12:22, Matthew 24:48, Mark 10:6, Luke 17:30, 1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Peter 3:5
Mighty Lord Jesus, You are over everything in this world. There is nothing that is that is apart from You. We are but small.
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