(Part 101)


November 29, 2014

Today’s readings:

Revelation 22:1-7

Psalm 95:1-7

Luke 21:34-36

“Behold, I am coming soon.” (Rv 22:7a). Jesus will come again. Soon. Of course in the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. But since we are looking to the eternal consequences of our life on earth, compared to eternity, the two millennia people have lived on earth is short. Whether Jesus takes another millennium to return or not, he is coming soon.

What we don’t want to happen is to be caught unprepared. “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise” (Lk 21:34). Such is what is happening in the world today. People are whooping it up with the pleasures of the world, and/or they are beset with anxiety due to the many problems and challenges of life. The former, often lived apart from God, and the latter, often keeping one’s focus on the natural rather than the supernatural, result in hearts that are drowsy, that is, not vigilant.

What needs to happen?

We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Know that “the Lord is the great God, the great king over all gods” (Ps 95:3). Know that God is Creator, “whose hand holds the depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains. The sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them by hand.” (Ps 95:4-5). As such, all good things come from God. When we enjoy the good things of the world, we must not forget God. When we are anxious about the things of the world, we must know that God holds everything in His hands. He it is who cares for us.

Knowing this, we must maintain a proper relationship with God. “Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the Lord who made us.” (Ps 95:6). We must acknowledge God as Creator, Father, Lord and King. It is in this way that we place ourselves under His protective and loving care. “For he is our God, we are the people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands.” (Ps 95:7). We must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, with great joy in our hearts. “Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; cry out to the rock of our salvation.” (Ps 95:1).

As we do all this, we are able to gaze beyond this present life and look to heaven. We look with anticipation, seeing “the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rv 22:1). We are helped to transcend the great difficulties and trials of life as we anticipate our new and eternal life in heaven. “Nothing accursed will be found there anymore.” (Rv 22:3a). It will be a perfect existence.

In the meantime, we struggle through life. There will be trials and tribulations, as well as oppression and persecution. We must not grow weary. We must know that God provides the grace and strength for us to endure and persevere. “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk 21:36). We simply cling to God, we give Him the worship that is His due, and in due time we “will look upon his face” (Rv 22:4a).

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