Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Listen And Look For The Promises Found in God’s Holy Word
In review of Luke 21:28 it says, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
What this means to me:
So when strange things in the sky start to take place, I can stand straight up and know that my salvation is near.
Today's verse comes from the last part of Luke 21. In this passage Jesus tells me about his return. He starts by providing me with a glimpse of what is to come just before it. He describes that there will be strange signs in the sun, moon and stars. On earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas, and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken all around them. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, be happy for my salvation is near!
This picture of coming persecutions and natural disasters is gloomy, but ultimately it is a cause not for worry but for great joy on my part. As a believer I can know that the return of my Messiah is near, and I can look forward to his reign of justice and peace. So rather than being terrified by what is happening, I should just confidently await Christ's return to bring justice and restoration to his people.
In this passage Jesus has also told me to keep a constant watch for his return. For He is coming again, and I need to watch and be spiritually fit. Instead of being idle, I should be working faithfully at the tasks God has given me. I shouldn't let me mind and spirit drift and be dulled by careless living, drinking, or foolishly pursuing pleasure. Nor should I let the cares of this life weigh me down. I need to be ready to move at God's command.
So when nobody believes in me, believe in God. He sees what others can’t and He is able to heal that place in my heart that seems irreparably broken.
In summary, when things look their worst, look up; for my redemption is near. Don’t listen to harsh words spoken in anger. Don’t seek approval from others. Listen for the promises found in God’s holy Word. He can fill the void left by others with His enormous love and never-ending mercy. His grace is sufficient for me!
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