“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1
With all that is going on in our world today, it is easy to become troubled and apprehensive about the future and what is going to happen next. The return of Christ is not a riddle or a code that we must solve. It is a day that we should be anticipating with joy and wonder. The enemy of our soul would like to keep us busy trying to figure it out, but all we need to do is trust the Lord is in control, and make sure that we are ready for His coming.
God has had a perfect plan from the beginning of creation, and for reasons that He alone knows, He has only revealed it little by little through time. When He created man, He gave him a free will – the power of choice. In His wisdom, He knew man would not obey. As He slew the animals to make a covering for Adam and Eve, He knew what it would cost to provide redemption from sin. The only way would be for Him to clothe Himself in human flesh. In the fullness of time, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He did not come as a king, but as a humble baby born to a chosen virgin. He was both God and man. He walked on earth, suffered temptation, yet without sin. He gave His life freely on the cross, purchasing salvation for all humanity.
As we see the things that are going on around us, let us lift up our heads and rejoice that His coming draws nigh. Stand on the promise of His Word, knowing that they will not fail.
Isaiah 40: 28-31 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Prayer: Jesus, we see the signs you gave us in your Word happening, and we know that you are soon coming back to take your people home. Help us to be true and faithful, watching and waiting for that day.
Devotion by Anne Johnston