How many times have you heard these words of warning? We’ve all heard them in movies right before the plane crash or right before the train derailed and right before the car crash scene. Those are good words of warning and given in split second timing in order to lessen the personal damage of the impact. Anytime you know a potentially hard impact is about to take place, you should call out, “Brace Yourself.” Right now with the spread of the coronavirus, the government is telling us to brace ourselves because what is hitting us and what is about to hit us is going to be extremely difficult to endure. Did you hear that? What is about to unfold in our nation is not going to be over anytime soon, and it’s going to have a potentially devastating impact on every family. I hate to talk like that, but even in God’s Word we find this warning to brace ourselves, but only using different terminology. Here’s a few examples.
“Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, “since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” Genesis 18:16-18
“And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “[As] the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. “And it will be [that] you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 1 Kings 17:1-4
“Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past. For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20-21
Please know this, I know another day is coming that will make this season in our country seem minor and that’s why as you brace yourself you need to draw near to Jesus Christ. He can still send the ravens to feed you and help you find water, but He is using our government to tell us something bad is coming, stay at home, and we will take care of you. The other religious leaders in the Old Testament mocked the true prophets of God when they gave a warning and people still mock today. I hope I am wrong, but go ahead and brace yourself in the ways you can, but especially draw near to the One who can supply your every need—Jesus Christ!