PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jan
21

An Uncertain Future

Tim Savage

Scripture
"But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don't worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!" (Luke 21:12-15)

"And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city. 22 For those will be days of God's vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled." (Luke 21:20)

"Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36)
Observation
Is Christ's second coming imminent? Are we in the end times? If yes, how then should we live? Luke gives us some of the clearest descriptions of what is to come here in chapter 21. You, like me, have probably heard more talk about this recently as people begin to see more and more signs pointing toward the end. (The study of the end times is called eschatology, I just learned that and thought you might like to know.) Many of the theories are frightening and remind me of some of the recent post-apocalyptic movies, like "Book of Eli" and "The Road", in which the future doesn't look bright and happy.

Obviously, at some point these Biblical events will come to pass, but the burning questions are: when and how should we be preparing? I've heard that we should buy gold, stockpile food, take our money out of the bank and mutual funds, build a bomb shelter, prepare for the collapse of our financial system, move to New Zealand and be prepared to live off the land. Often these ideas come from people who truly care about us and I'm not discounting them, if I had the resources I might be researching some of this stuff, but I just have to wonder if that's God's plan and will for us. His word says to be alert and not to be caught unaware, but His word also says that we will not know the day and hour when it will happen. We must live day in and day out as if it could be our last, not in a morbid or hopeless way, but in a God-glorifying and "get to work" way. I believe we are called to live out Jesus' final directive, The Great Commission - 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Application
We know nothing more than time is short, or at least that, I don't have any idea when the end is coming, and because I don't know, I should make my time count. I also need His wisdom and knowledge to prepare for the events to come. I want to honor those who care enough to "warn" me about the future and I want to be wise enough to be prepared, but I must answer the call on my life, which is to tell the lost about the life-changing and soul-saving story of Jesus Christ. I pray that you feel the call too. Ultimately, our faith in the Lord gives us the brightest future with Him in Paradise.
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,

Please grant me wisdom and discernment for the future. May I have the strength and courage to fulfill your will in my life.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Devotions for January 21

Exodus 1,2
Psalms 88
Luke 21

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