Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Forest Through the Trees

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10  ...and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe.....

Thought For the Day: The expression "forest through the trees" is used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. It is very easy for all people to fall into this trap. In this life we are surrounded by so much darkness, it takes determined effort to focus on the good which then Alleluia minimizes the bad. As believers and members of the Body of Christ we are no different. In fact, we have a greater opportunity to lose focus because the enemy uses relentless tactics to disenchant our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must therefore be vigilant to keep our eyes on the Lord and His eternal goodness at all times.

To the glory of God, we are a part of the group of believers who enjoy watching bible prophesy play out in our current world wide events. The danger that comes with this interest is that we have an opportunity to lose sight of our purpose in salvation. Let us remember our purpose is two fold. First, we are expected to allow God to work through us in order to draw others into His Kingdom. This is otherwise known as the great commission. Secondly, we are called to watch for our Lord's soon return. Are you watching for Him or have you forgotten? It is through wisdom that we understand that we need to be aware of the signs of our times to help us get a sense of the timing and closeness of His return, but let us not allow watching the signs to supercede watching for Our Lord's return. We walk a fine line.

Sometimes I must confess I forget this truth and fall in a ditch. I pray that if you are like me, that we overcome every hindrance that may cause us to look away from our divine purpose each day. Let us stay continually in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and to listen always closely for His voice, and direction. That way we will stay ready to let His light shine to others, and for the Lord's return. None of us knows exactly when Jesus is returning, but as believers we know that He is coming, and every eye shall see Him! Glory! Let us live a life pleasing to the Lord each day, and we shall have no fears. So whether war, or economic collapse, or fallen angels, or the Anti-Christ, or famine, or pestilence, or terror, or persecution, or death, or whatever difficulties surround us, we will be just fine because we have intentionally positioned ourselves to be on the Lord's side. Amen!