Devotional: ‘Look Up, Jesus is Coming Again!’

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James 5: 8 You also be patient; strengthen your hearts, because the coming of the Lord has drawn near.

There is hardly a day goes by that I don’t have at least one conversation with someone about something bizarre that is happening in this world. Whether it’s presidential politics, violence in the streets, or the ever increasing attack on Christianity – this world is becoming a very strange place to live. Isaiah prophesied of a time when men would say that “evil is good, and good is evil.” [1] I fear that we are living in such a day.

To make matters worse, we know that there’s little hope that things are going to get better. Paul wrote these words concerning the last days – “But understand this: In the last days terrible times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5) The closer we get to the end of time, the worse this world will get.

Yet the Bible teaches us that we should not let the things of this world trouble us. James tells us – “…be patient; strengthen your hearts, because the coming of the Lord has drawn near.” Rather than focusing all of our attention upon the sinful things of our day, we should focus our attention upon the eternal glory that awaits us. (read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Romans 8:18) Jesus said – “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” [2] The crumbling conditions of society are a good indication that the return of Christ is near.

In closing, let me share with you these encouraging words from the book of Psalms.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

[1] Isaiah 5:20

[2] Luke 21:28

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