Saturday, May 21, 2011

Who Knows?

The story highlighted in the news the past few days really got me thinking. I imagine it did you, too. As I watched countless reporters sharing news about "Judgment Day 2011", a slew of thoughts and questions began running through my mind. To me, the reaction of people to this "supposed" news was more alarming than the news itself.

As Christians, we know the truth as found in God's Holy Word. We know that one day, Christ will return. This is our blessed hope, one of the anchors of our faith, the thing we look most forward to: one day seeing our precious Jesus face to face.

But...we simply do not know when.

But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven's angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. Matthew 24:36, The Message

Amazingly, as most reporters finished the story about the "end of the world", they wrapped it up by saying, "Well, let's just hope it doesn't happen."

I couldn't help thinking the opposite.

Don't get me wrong. I in no way believed this erroneous prediction. But, the thought of Jesus coming back...on Saturday...filled my heart with joy. If I had been the one reporting on this story, I most likely would have said something like...

"Unfortunately, the Bible is very plain about the Lord's return. No one, not even the Son, knows the day or the hour. I'm most certain tomorrow will not be the end of the world. But oh! Wouldn't it be absolutely wonderful it tomorrow was indeed that day!?...the day we would see Jesus face to face!"

I am so thankful for the truth we have been given in the Bible, God's Holy Word. Truly, God's Word sets us free.

It sets us free from believing erroneous predictions or lies from false teachers who appear as wolves in sheep's clothing.

It sets us free from fear or worry about future events. We already know how God's story ends! God wins! He comes to take us home to heaven. What wonderful news indeed!

It sets us free to lie down at night and sleep, knowing we are in God's hands. We are HIS and we are safe.

The world didn't end May 21, 2011.

At least not for the world as a whole.

But, it did end for somebody, somewhere.

None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. Saturday was the "last day" for someone, somewhere. Not only do we not know the day or the hour of Jesus' return, we also do not know the day or hour of our own final breath.

The time is short. Christ's return is soon. Now is our time to make the Lord the Lord of our life. Now is the time to surrender our life to the King of King and Lord of Lords. Now is the time to accept God's gift of salvation. Now is our time to place our life in the hands of the only one who knows...God.

Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs,what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."
~ Acts 16:30,31


Friday, May 6, 2011

A Moment of Grace~

We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength. ~ Charles Stanley

Spending time with God changes our life. To be able to come away from the world and quiet our spirit with the Lord is such a privilege; a true honor; an indescribable gift.

Unfortunately, we often rush through our day without taking God up on His invitation to abide in Him.

My sister blog, A MOMENT OF GRACE, is now featuring a short, daily devotion. Each devotion includes a scripture, a thought, and a prayer.

To make it convenient, these daily devotions can be delivered right to you email inbox each day, or via FACEBOOK.

It is my heart's desire that by spending time with Jesus through these daily devotions, we will be drawn closer to the heart of God, equipped for the day at hand, and become a true reflection of our precious Jesus to the world around us.

Stop by today and join us in "A MOMENT OF GRACE"~

Blessings to you-
~Stacy