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March 16, 2021: God’s Word for Perplexed People

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12, NKJV).

Our world is in crisis, and it’s more than a fast-moving series of disasters and emergencies. Many people are appalled as they see riots, burning and looting of cities, wars and everything once so apparently stable falling apart. Society is being pulled apart by vicious undercurrents, and the filth and slime of immorality are oozing from the seams. Instead of being a refuge, society has become the breeding ground of alcoholism, drug addiction, violence, murder and the destruction of matrimony. All is stark testimony that the Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth and that the end is near.

As we live in these perplexing times, every Seventh-day Adventist Christian must ask these questions: Shall I be spared the withdrawal of God’s Holy Spirit? Am I seeking God as my only hope and refuge in this fateful hour? Is my soul a leaking vessel? Am I in any way unconsciously absorbing this godless spirit that is spelling the doom of the human race?

Ellen White shares, “There are not many, even among educators and statesmen, who comprehend the causes that underlie the present state of society. Those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime. … If men would give more heed to the teachings of God’s word, they would find a solution of the problems that perplex them” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, p. 13).

Father, thank You for Your Word that is living and powerful, a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, as we read in Hebrews 4:12. Amen.

Ferdi Sastropawiro is the head teacher for The Northern Tier Christian School in Pennsylvania.

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