Where is the promise of His coming? This was the cry of the scoffers in the first century, and it remains the motto of fools today. Things continue as they always have… they say… there is no God, and even if there were, He isn’t going to keep His promises. I am thankful, as a child of God, that I know differently, and God is going to keep every single one of His promises.
These last few months have opened my eyes to how quickly things can change. In a matter of days, hours, and even minutes the world can be turned completely upside down. I’m sure March is still fresh on your mind, when the virus concerns first started. On Wednesday, the NBA announced their season would be postponed. By Friday, Evie and I went to Walmart to grab a few things before spring break, and you could see the panic in people’s faces. Toilet paper had been stripped from the shelves, canned goods, and other non-perishables were being indiscriminately thrown into people’s baskets. The majority of the people had a look of despair, hopelessness, and fear on their faces. It was a surreal moment for us.
Sometimes we get lulled into a sense of “normal”, and we can begin to think that nothing will ever change. That things will continue as they always have, and no curveballs will come our way. I believe many Christian’s eyes were opened to the reality of how fast things can change with Coronavirus.
It isn’t hard to see that everything is already in place for Christ return. He could come at any time, and although no one knows the exact year, day, or hour, we as Christians can see the gathering clouds of God’s return. Like a coming storm or an expecting mother, the exact time of rain and delivery is not known, but the reality that it is getting close is. Open your eyes and look at our world today… He is coming soon.
The seven years of tribulation will make previous natural disasters, diseases, and war seem like nothing. After the tribulation, God will return and His wrath poured out on those who would reject Him. For 1,000 years Christ will rule with a rod of iron from Jerusalem, and His redeemed will rule and reign with Him. These realities may seem like a far distant future, but the truth is that they are closer than ever!
Today, don’t make the blunder of living like a God denier who says, “all things continue… where is the promise of His coming”. Instead live with expectancy and anticipation of His coming.
The promise of His return ought to prompt two very real results in our life: Anticipation. We ought to say, “even so, come quickly Lord”. If you are like me, I am tired of this old sin cursed world… I am very anxious to be with my Father! It also ought to prompt a sense of urgency. We need to tell others about Jesus, and now. The Lord tarries His coming because of His long suffering… He wants others to accept Him and be spared from the wrath to come.
Daily Scripture Reading
“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”