Last week I heard a pastor stand in his pulpit and declare that he believes that 2018 is the year Jesus is coming back. He wasn’t trying to be prophetic, just trying to stir his congregation to action.
2017 certainly was a year of calling people to action, especially women. The #metoo movement was like the shot heard round the world. All of a sudden people came out of the woodwork to identify their attackers and to stand with other victims in solidarity.
I have watched interviews with people like Corey Feldman and others as they speak about their abuse in Hollywood. They have been stirred to act and not hide.
I have read stories of Christian women as they have decided to shine a light on a heinous problem of sexual abuse in our churches that has been quite often swept under the rugs of “propriety” instead of being dealt with Biblically. These women have decided to no longer be held down under a cloak of imposed shame, and have acted in order to propagate change.
I have followed the new administration in the White House and I have hoped for real action and lasting change that will go further than just a new Supreme Court judge.
Some actions taken this past year were hard to watch.
Cowardly actions like the NFL players kneeling in GREAT disrespect to the flag my grandpa was shot and bled for on the battlefields of Germany during WW2.
And what about when James Fields Jr. plowed his car into a crowd at the rally in Virginia?
Yes it was a year of actions, both good and bad. But none should have an effect on my perspective from where my thoughts dwell, and that needs to be the Word of God. It is in the WORD that I will find answers and strength.
David made a call to action to God Himself in Psalm 12:1:
“Help, LORD; for the godly man cease the; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
Also in Psalm 119:126:
“It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.”
James 5 is what I think we should look at in the face of these chaotic days in which we are living:
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Basically my post today is to ask you to put yourself into action.
Read God’s Word.
Don’t put it off for next week or next month when you think life will settle down.
Life never settles down.
2018 may or may not be when Jesus returns, but it is definitely a time when we can be looking up for that Blessed Hope. <——- that is a Bible reference….not just a statement you heard in a sermon. It is found in Titus 2:13:
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Don’t be spoonfed this year….act and get into the Bible yourself. It shouldn’t be a struggle to get into the Word, it should be a struggle to get out of It.
David made a call to God for help and a few verses later made a comparison of men’s words to God’s Words:
MAN – “They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.”
GOD – “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6
I have more confidence in God’s Word than man’s, don’t you?
We have no idea what new hashtags will be invented this year.
We have no idea what our President’s next Tweet will be.
We have no idea what words will be in the next viral video.
But if we are dwelling in God we can be assured through His Pure, Perfect, Powerful, Preserved and Preeminent Word that He is in control even when “the wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.” (Ps 12:8).
God’s Words are for every generation.
Please take time for His Word in 2018.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 20-21 / I Samuel 13 / Psalm 11 / Matthew 12