Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat. Woohoo! I am SO thankful that Dawn of Affliction is the winner of the 2019 GOLD MEDAL AWARD in the Christian Suspense Category of Readers’ Favorites Book Awards! This is Book One of my Last Dawn Trilogy. Though I am humbled and grateful for this great honor, my future hope is not based on this or any other earthly reward that will fade away. What do I mean? Keep reading . . .
Do you have hope that cannot fade away? Right now, in Dawn of Oppression, Book Two of the Last Dawn Trilogy that I’m hoping to release by the end of 2019, I’m putting a lot of emphasis in contrasting man’s reliance on things that will remain forever, and man’s hope in things that fade away. Of course, this contrast isn’t just in a book about America’s Last Days. Rather, we live in a world that is fading away, and we are tempted daily to place our hope on temporary fixes.
Everyone I know has some sort of desperate situation in their lives—family members are running lost, health is failing, or finances are beyond recovery. We feel so helpless. How can we save family members? Which doctor is going to fix this problem? Will this debt ever be taken care of?
One thing the Bible teaches us is that our hope for tomorrow must be based on that which does not fade away. Maybe you’ve been living your life like what Hosea calls a “silly dove,”—fluttering around, seeking acknowledgement, trying to find companionship, or yearning for fulfillment. But God gives us desperate times for specific reasons: to cause us to pause and turn to Him. He is constant, trustworthy, and caring.
Desperate Times Bring us to Crossroads
The point is not to always pull out of a health problem—we are all appointed once to die and then the judgment (Heb 9:27). The point is not to always have good credit, or perfect relationships on earth. Instead, the point is to realize that these matters are beyond our control, and all of our fluttering around will not achieve lasting fulfillment. But when we look to our Lord—the God of heaven and earth, our Savior and Friend—we experience calm, peace, and lasting hope.
My life is not without the same struggles as you, friend, but if I look only at those struggles, I don’t see God at all. If I look around instead of upward, I just see gloom and depression. I have learned from God’s Word that I must keep my eyes on why we’re here on earth, and remember that desperate times are just moments when we are meant to respond as Christians. It’s a crossroads where we have a choice. Will we act like silly doves, flitting around, or will we rest in the loving arms of Jesus? His grace is sufficient, even though this world is fallen and fading away.
Let us pray that our hope and reliance is on our Lord Jesus, who never fades, and not on the desperation that has no earthly hope or future. Look up, and let Him lift you up.
See you on the next page!
NOTE: With news of hurricanes and other disasters around the world, this past Author Reflection from David may encourage you: “How to Gain Perspective on Natural Disasters.”
We PRAISE the LORD for Dawn of Affliction winning the 2019 GOLD MEDAL AWARD from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in the Christian Thriller Category! You can visit the book awards page here, and BookAwards.com here. Read their review of Dawn of Affliction here. May the Lord be glorified.
COMING UP: Join us next time for a revisit to a past “Special Forces Christian” post in, “God can still Use You in Spite of All that Baggage.”