Recognizing “The End”
Prayer: Gracious God, You are holy and awesome. You are worthy of all honor and glory and I am so happy to sing Your praises. Please receive my adoration and continue to swell my heart with love for You. Take this time of devotion and study, using it for your glory and for my blessing. Pour out insight and understanding through the power of Your Holy Spirit and draw me every closer to Your side. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Read: Luke 21:5-36
Think about It: One of the things we know how to do best is to worry. Even people who tell you they never worry probably worry at least a little bit. And what do we worry about the most? Certainly not the past, for it is gone. No, we worry about the future. Will I have enough money? Will I be healthy? Will my spouse still love me and stay with me? Will I have enough to eat or a place to live? The worries we can come up with are as numerous as leaves on a tree. But the Lord is very clear about worry – we’re not to do it!
That doesn’t mean we are not aware of what’s going on around us. Jesus spends very valuable time during his last week of life here on earth teaching His disciples about what to be aware of as He has to leave them. While we are not to worry about the future, we are to pay attention to the signs that declare that He will be returning. And for those of us who love Him and believe in His salvation work, these signs are a promise to us that indeed He will be returning to take us with Him into eternity. So while others are worried about the future and what the signs are telling them, we are a people who can take hope from every single sign we see that God is in perfect control and will fulfill all of His promises to us, including the promise to come back and get us.