by Marjorie Truesdale

For the last few weeks I have been watching an “almost full” size robin stand around on our patio – waiting!! Eventually, mom or pop robin will appear and feed their teen-age child. The parent may start to leave, and Jr. follows about 12 inches behind, until the parent takes flight. Then Jr. waits around, hoping another titbit will arrive soon. The patience of both parents is almost humorous since their off-spring is obviously big enough to fend for himself.

And oh, I have also been privileged to see flying lessons. Not only the robin, but sparrow twins. One sparrow made it up to the seat of our lawn chair, flapping wings as if he was in danger of falling off a cliff. Once securely at the new height, it wasn’t long until a parent arrived with a morsel of food.

Since we are observing 2015 as a Year of Preparation, I am concerned for far too many church goers who remind me of Jr. Robin, either not knowing how, or seeing no need to search for food on their own. Their spiritual feeding seems to depend only on the nourishment from one hour at church on Sunday. They may try flying on their own, but they are overcome by fear or run out of steam before reaching their goal.

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27.

In 2 Peter, the writer also refers to Noah. (2 Peter 2:5). Peter reminds the reader that even though there are scoffers who ask “where is this ‘coming’ He promised” (2 Peter 3:4), the Lord WILL return. The entire chapter of Matthew 24 tells us what to expect when that time is near, including the increase of earthquakes.

We need not panic or be fearful. However, knowing this WILL happen, there are ways we can be prepared. Following is a list you might find helpful.

1. Get your spiritual life in order.
2. Get as much of the Word into your spirit as possible. We always rely upon the Lord for our needs, but this be a time when it will be important to know our rights as a child of God to maintain the victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Romans 10:17
3. Keep your tithing up to date. That is your guarantee that God will supply your needs if and when there are shortages. Read Malachi 3:8-11.
4. Actively pray for and be prepared to lead others to Christ; family members, neighbors, even casual acquaintances. Matthew 28:19 and Daniel 12:3.
5. Whatever the future holds, we will make it through if we live by faith in God’s Word, because He has promised that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 8:37
6. We must prepare ourselves to minister, whatever the situation may be. Our knowledge of spiritual warfare will be invaluable in dealing with the demonic activity of these last days.
7. Fear will be the enemy cannon ball the devil will use to attempt to take us down. Learn now how to recognize it and quickly replace it with faith. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

In a video I watched recently, Sabina Wurmbrand said: “When we were arrested and taken to prison (by Communists in the 1950’s) they took away everything. They even took our clothes and I had to wear a prison uniform. But they couldn’t take what I had hid in my heart!” Those who have neglected to apply themselves to God’s Word when the opportunities are available now, will greatly regret their lack of discipline, during the time of trouble. I encourage you to make a serious habit to feed yourself daily from the Word. We also need to know the voice of the Holy Spirit. We can only do that by consciously building a relationship, in conversation on a regular basis. The more time we spend in God’s Word and in prayer, the easier it will be to recognize His voice above every other voice we hear.

We are living in an exciting time!