3/5/08

The ''Eyes'' of March

The “Ides of March” — best known as the date when Julius Caesar was assassinated — is now a metaphor for impending doom. As a child, I heard a newscaster speak of the “Ides,” but I thought he said, “Eyes.” I wondered whether March eyes were different from April eyes or December eyes.

Speaking of “impending doom,” do you get the feeling these days that we are one step away from total disaster? Maybe it’s election-year confusion, or threats of a plunging economy, or the escalating destructiveness of man. I write a monthly prophecy newsletter for World Prophetic Ministry, and two emotions keep rising in my heart — fear and anticipation.

Short of transformation by God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf (Rom. 3:24; 5:19), all of our attempts to clean up our act are like adding bling to a bloated pig! Even our “righteous” acts are like filthy rags (Is. 64:6), so we flee to Jesus for true righteousness (I Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:9). I look around at the murders, rapes, kidnappings, thefts, and senseless acts of cruelty today, and my heart grows fearful. When I see the tension in the Middle East, watch the rise of radical Islam around the world, and envision a future for my grandchildren even worse than what I observe on television today, I feel the tightening in my heart — but I also anticipate that something wonderful is moving onto center stage.

Human Yes, human events are indeed plunging toward the Anti-Christ, Armageddon, and all hell breaking loose, but that is not the end. Earth’s groanings increase, and man’s foolishness abounds, but the eternal God is up to something wonderful. Beyond our vision — our “ides” of impending doom — are the loving eyes of a Father who watches over all. His sovereign purposes cannot be thwarted as He brings human time to a close and prepares to usher in eternity future. My choice is to focus on the future with Him and not get mired in the mud of my fears today.

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