Dear Esther
If you are having a challenging day or burdened with some personal problems, then you can be sure others are too. Write to Esther and she will have some good sound biblical advice and answers for you. You will be helping others by sharing your need or concern. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).


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March 14, 2016

Dear Esther,

Please help me understand why God doesn’t send His angels to stop sickening, disgusting evil. I had to pull over to ask this question. I read this morning the article about the little 4-year-old whose nanny cut off her head and paraded it through the streets in the name of “Allah.” I’ll be honest, this is one of those days when I find myself thinking I don’t want to live in this world anymore.

I’m not saying I’m suicidal by any means; that is just so against my convictions, but I would welcome death. Does that make sense? When I read things like that I have a hard time recovering from it. It brings back to mind the atrocities of Sandy Hook and I just don’t want to go on. I want to sit here in my truck on the side of the road until Jesus comes back.

I want Him to come back now. How can we talk politics and about our trivial, petty problems when this little girl had her head severed from her body. Her parents are dealing with that reality. God help them. I’m kind of angry with God. Why doesn’t He stop evil from hurting the innocent? I can’t take it anymore, Esther.

Jennifer


Dear Jennifer,

Yes, horrible things are happening all over the world. We have in-your-face evidence that there are many seriously mentally ill and spiritually ill people in this world. It’s as if all the demons in hell are roaming around everywhere on earth, prompting weak lost souls to do terrible things. But we should not be surprised.

Jesus Himself warned that the closer it gets to His return, the worse it will get. Even He had to suffer so we could be given eternal life. Please keep your Bible close to you and read the comforting passages; especially Scripture in the book of Psalms. I can understand why you feel like you don’t want to be here anymore. The world is getting more unhinged each day.

You must remember, Jennifer, God placed you into this life specifically for this time. It is not an accident. He chose you and all believers who are alive today to be here as we move closer to the final climax of world history. He has a purpose for us.

The Lord asks us to stand up tall for Him and “fight the good fight” until we are taken home to heaven. Our mission is to reach others for Him, to give them hope and share the Good News that there will be a happy ending to all of this, and that He will rescue His Church before the seven-year Tribulation begins.

Jesus also warned that there would be tribulation in this life, so we should not be totally taken aback when we see all kinds of persecution and dastardly deeds take place.

It is all right to get upset; none of this makes sense. I have written many times that we are all living in a spiritual battlefield and the battle is getting very heated. All the demonically infested people who commit horrific crimes are pawns of the devil. They are Satan’s representatives—his foot soldiers.

Try to step back and realize there is a spiritual war going on and that is why we see such horrible and insane behavior all over the world. You are not alone in your feelings. So many believers are so tired of all the tragedies going on everywhere, and want to go home—to heaven and forget all of the pain and heartache.

But realize you are one of God’s precious representative and your mission is to reach others for Christ. If you collapse and hide until the Rapture or your death, you will be giving in to the enemy. That is what that wicked scoundrel wants you to do. The devil wants you to hide away and get so worn down emotionally—that you will be useless to God.

Once we are saved and truly belong to Christ, the devil knows he cannot take us from Him. But he can try to whittle away at our resolve to be effective ambassadors for Christ. Don’t let that happen!

A woman who can drive and maintain a truck is no wimp. You can get through those moments when you see utter horror—by understanding the prophetic warnings that Jesus and the prophets gave us in Scripture. He also promised to strengthen us:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

The demons tremble at the name of Jesus Christ. We can help those who are suffering; we can all help each other by spending time in the prayer closet in intercessory prayer. So many believers all over the world are suffering; we must be strong and not give up.

I recently heard an interview with a courageous believer who is going into dangerous Muslim areas in the Middle East, sharing the gospel. He is working with an underground group of saved ex-Muslims who are standing for Christ knowing full-well that they are risking their lives. Only the Holy Spirit of God can underwrite such courage.

Here, in the West, we have been very blessed. Our lives have been generally free of the terror-ridden life and death issues that so many face throughout the world. Our reality is so different from so much of the world. But now, as we move closer to Christ’s return, the West is getting an escalating taste of terror and persecution.

We don’t know how much worse it will get for us before He calls out His Church, but we do have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. It is all right to get mad; but if we get mad at God, we are only hurting ourselves.

It is a natural reaction to get mad at what is happening. Our human reasoning says, “God, why don’t you just stop this?” But the Scriptures say all of prophecy must come to pass. And that includes war, suffering, famine, persecution and much more...

Jesus suffered immensely for us; the Apostles suffered, as did many others. Things are going on in this spiritual war that we simply cannot comprehend. Even God Himself left the glory of heaven to suffer and be tortured—so we can be freed from eternal death. None of it makes sense to us.

We don’t know what is going on in the spiritual realm that keeps the dynamics the way they are. As long as we try to figure it out we will be frustrated. We don’t know why it is this way but we must trust God. One day, after this life we might understand.

Our focus needs to be on following God’s commandments and reaching others for Him. That is what He asked us to do. We must trust Him completely. His arch enemy—the devil is doing everything he can to discourage believers by causing us to doubt. Regardless of the outward picture, God is working on recapturing the earth and freeing us all from the demonic strongholds that rule this world.

Notice in the following Scripture that Satan is the “god of this world”:

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

God is working to recover the earth and bring it under His rule. He will get back the title deed to the earth (Revelation 5), which the devil stole. Until that time we must put on our spiritual armor every day so the enemy does not succeed in hindering our ability to share the gospel.

The whole armor of God, as explained to us by Paul (Ephesians 6:11-20):

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to with- stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Jennifer, I hope you have some true Christian friends with whom you can fellowship. Hone in on God’s Word daily, and take your Bible with you wherever you go. Next time you feel you need to pull over and recover from a shock, you will have your Bible with you to comfort and guide you.

What we see transpiring today in this fallen world is all part of God’s plan to ultimately rescue His redeemed, rescue Israel and put a final stop to the evil we see everywhere. At His Second Coming He will totally destroy and eliminate the wicked who survive the Tribulation. The Lord will clean-up and resurface this planet.

Soon after, He will take His rightful place on the throne of David; and we will rule with Him in His millennial kingdom for 1000 years. Then the Great White Throne judgment will take place; when all of the unsaved will be judged and thrown into the lake of fire. And we will move on into the eternal order.

We all need to take a deep breath, pray our way through the day, and keep trusting the Lord. One day we will be free of this broken-world and live happily ever after with Him; and that’s no fairy tale!

Never hesitate to reach out again, Jennifer. God loves you so. We are all soldiers together in this spiritual battle. Be strong for those who don’t know Him, yet. They need you. Your saved brothers and sisters need you to be in the trenches side-by-side fighting the good fight (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

Glory be to God. He will carry all of us all when we need to get through those difficult moments. I pray He will have mercy on this broken world, and hasten His return.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

In God’s love,

Esther

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).