Sunday, February 28, 2010

Firm Foundation

I am sitting comfortably in my den, multiple pages open before me with written news and photo spreads that are all too familiar. The earth beneath our feet is not firm and solid. We’ve been given multiple examples of this fact. This is neither new nor different.

What happens along the coast of South America has literal ripples across the Pacific basin. The greater the happening, the higher the ripples. Saturday, more news was coming through Twittered accounts, Internet phone service and social networking to news services than ever before.

Within a few hours everyone with a television or Internet connectivity had the news. That does make our information age different than before.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6-8 KJV)

All of the above have happened before and most likely will happen again. Whether or not today is the day of our Lord’s return is not known, will not be known.

The 24th chapter has clues, sign, and confirms for us:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. (Matthew 24:33 KJV)

But still, we will not know for certain.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36 KJV)

So, what are we supposed to do about this? Many have destroyed their lives and bent God’s message in attempts to be ready. They forgot to believe God’s word.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 24:42-44 KJV)

Our concern should be doing God’s work NOW, simply because He has said to do so. Isaiah and Malachi wrote of the prepared way of the Lord. Matthew, Mark and Luke spoke of the man who did prepare the way. Should we do any less than Christ’s cousin John?

He is twice quoted, pointing to Christ:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29 KJV)

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! (John 1:36 KJV)

As I sit here and write this to an unknown, unnumbered audience, I do the same. And pray that these words might lead someone to do as two disciples then and billions of us later:

And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. (John 1:37 KJV)

Before His return.

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