“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8 ESV)
Only those that know the living God will be able to deal with the onslaught of spiritual darkness, and chaos in the days to come. Our spiritual survival will be dependent upon our relationship with Jesus, and his people, the Church. As believers (God’s elect) we are His spiritual temple, both individually, and corporately. God’s presence abides by his Spirit, in and with his people. Having extra food and access to pure drinking water may be a good idea, but without the presence of God in our lives, we will not prosper spiritually.
Jesus said, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 ESV)
Jesus also tells us, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25 ESV)
But he also expects us to be wise, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16 ESV)
The book of Proverbs is good place to look for wisdom and how to prepare for calamities in life. There is no doubt that social unrest may increase in the United States, in the near future. And those that are not yet spiritually prepared for the social, and moral chaos, that seems to be upon us, will lose heart.
Jesus’ question “will he find faith on the earth” when he comes is worth a considerable amount of our time to ponder. The question we must ask ourselves is; are we prepared for suffering for the sake of Christ, if real persecution comes to America? While it is OK to prepare materially for possible natural, and man-made disasters, or social unrest – the question is, are we prepared spiritually?
The way of preparation is simple but costly. We must choose Christ as the top priority in our lives and discover the way of the cross. It requires persistent prayer, and time with God. Abiding in his Word through deep reflective meditation, is essential. We are spiritually transformed by our intimacy with God.
This prepares our hearts for the rhythm of night and day prayer. We also must learn from the persistent widow to ask our heavenly Father for justice, not only for ourselves, but for justice in the earth as well.
The privilege of having an audience with the righteous Judge, is for his elect (God’s spiritual children.)
The faith we need will come as we saturate our minds with the Word of God, and the intent to obey what we’ve learned. We can trust God for our spiritual survival as we seek his presence and guidance daily.