Wednesday Word 12.05.2018

Luke 21:25-36 New International Version

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

Jesus is urging us to live the kind of life that he wants for us. If we are in a deep and steady relationship with God, then we need not panic in times of great peril. Those who love God should “stand up and lift up your heads” so that the focus will be on Our Savior when all around us is falling down.

I both long to and tremble at the thought of actually standing before My Savior. I want so badly to live a life that will be pleasing to God. I want to be obedient and faithful. But, I know myself. I have my weaknesses, just as we all do. I can cheerfully say that drunkenness and carousing are not big issues for me these days; but, those anxieties of life! We can be drunk with obsessions, we can be flirting with things we know are not good for us. Many things can cloud our thoughts and wreak havoc with our emotions, dominating our lives. When we are weighed down with anxiety, we are separating ourselves from the one source that can truly help us. In doing so, we miss the love and grace of God standing right in front of us. “…Stand up and lift up your heads…”

It is a matter of faith. It is a matter of trust. Over and over, Scripture tells us to “Fear not.” Prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ Child. The coming that took place 2,000 years ago, and the one yet to come…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki