For January 17, 2021
Although we live in a world of specialization and fragmentation, it’s amazing how so many of us take the Lord for granted by trying to compartmentalize His access to and influence over every aspect of our human interactions. To some, God has been confined to the church—locked inside four walls—used only at designated worship times.
Far too many of us act as if we do not require His services. We are in full control of our lives, this world, and the lives of others. Unfortunately, these deluded people have bought into the flawed notion they are “the creator” while God is “the created.” Pompously and self-righteously, they think, speak, and act in ways that are detrimental to the wellbeing of others. What a pity.
Human beings are not God. Case in point, try stopping earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes; try stopping the sun or moon from emitting light; try stopping the rain from falling or the wind from blowing.
Similarly, we came into this world naked, and we will leave it in the same manner. In addition, we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we will not carry anything out of it.1 Moreover, we did not create the galaxies or the earth, and although it is our home at this time, it is not our final destination.
It is essential that we realize the brevity of life, so that we can grow in His wisdom (Psalm 90:12). We who trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior understand the critical importance of living for Him daily. Especially since He has promised us everlasting communion through the Spirit and has promised to return for us soon,
Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am (John 14:1-3 NLT).
Of the circumstances surrounding His glorious return, Jesus makes this observation,
When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed (Luke 17:26—30 NLT).
Sound familiar? Jesus also adds the following observation regarding tragic days preceding His glorious return,
Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near (Luke 21:10—11, 25—28 NLT).
Human beings are temporal and finite while God is eternal and almighty. Our death is certain, and we will see Him face-to-face. For some, this will be a time for judgement, accountability, and eternal punishment in Hell. But for His precious children, we will experience His complete grandeur and splendor in Heaven forever in the company of departed loved ones, and those precious saints who have gone before us. Until then, we continue to walk by faith, and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
We are merely transient pilgrims traveling through this world quickly. For some, our pilgrimage will be thirty, forty, or fifty years or less while others of us will far exceed the seventy-year benchmark set in Psalm 90:10. Whatever time we have, as Job 14:5 tells us, the Lord has established end of life boundaries beyond which none of us can pass.
With our humble, reverent, and sincere faith in Jesus Christ, we are certain to experience the pinnacle of His redemptive work—glorification—where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest (Job 3:17). There, we will experience God’s holy, eternal presence fully. Free from sin, pain, and disease, and we will see Him “as He is” and are like Him (1 John 3:2).
Therefore, whether we depart this earth in death, or we depart when He returns for us, our time on earth is short. Now is the time to live for Him, giving Him access to every area of our human interaction—especially since we must give account for it all. Look up…Jesus is coming and very soon!
What a Wonderful Savior!