The author of Hebrews begins verse 2 with this phrase, “in these last days.” Many people believe every time a major crisis happens in the world that the end of the world as we know it is at hand. And one day that end will come in God’s perfect time. But let’s not miss what the Bible teaches us here.
From God’s perspective, the “last days” began with the first coming of Christ and will conclude at His glorious second coming. So that means that we’ve been living in the last days for couple of thousand years! And yet, God does inform us that, as we move through this period call the last days, conditions upon the earth will get progressively worse. One place in the Old Testament this is alluded to is in the book of Daniel chapter 2. Also, Paul states that, “evil people and charlatans will go from bad to worse.” (2 Timothy 3:13) In fact earlier in the same chapter, we have a definitive passage on the conditions and characteristics of these last days.
Paul begins with these words, “but understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come.” (2 Timothy 3:1) What is so very interesting when we look at this passage closer, is that the days become more difficult not because of the intensity of life’s trials or the unprecedented nature of a crisis. No, the days are made more difficult because of the lack of faith, character, and love of people. In other words, people make the situation even worse because they lack the spiritual and even emotional foundation to cope with the situation. So, then we are left not only with the crisis or trial itself, but we are also left to pick up the pieces of those who have made a bad situation even worse.
Let’s commit to being people who help not hinder; those who are a blessing not a burden. We are living in the last days and difficult days are here – that’s the reality. So, let’s lean into God and be a people who not only can face reality but enable others to face it as well!