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A Word of Encouragement

“…and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” —Obadiah verse 21

When Nazi’s overran France in WW2, the French Resistance fought against the Nazi’s in guerrilla warfare. Suppose you were a member of the French Resistance fighting along side of other Frenchmen you believed were your friends. Then came a day when a member of the French Resistance betrayed your group to the Nazi’s.  Many of your friends were killed and you are captured and imprisoned.  At that point what would you need to hear that would encourage you?  You would need to hear, “D-Day is coming! The Allies are coming to free you.”

During the prophecy of Obadiah, things looked very dark for Israel as they were betrayed by Edom and captured by the Babylonians. But Obadiah gave some encouraging words, “the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”  This promise would be a great encouragement to Israel in it’s affliction.

Today we are living in dark days also (2 Tim. 3:1).  Wickedness is on every hand (1 John 5:19).  Where can we find a word of comfort in these perilous times?  Just as Obadiah comforted Israel in their distress by assuring them, “the kingdom shall be the Lord’s,” we also find comfort in God’s promise that, “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout… and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which remain shall be caught up together with then in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore COMFORT one another WITH THESE WORDS” (1 Thess. 16-18).

Be encouraged Christian, the day is coming when “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).

Amen! “The kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”

Days of Noah and Lot

As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be… —Matthew 24:37

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… —Luke 17:28

Jesus said the days prior to His coming would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot.  It is true that sin was running rampant during those days as it is today.  But the sin of those days was NOT what Jesus was describing in this text.  He described those days as people “were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage” (Mt. 24:38) … “they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (Luke 17:28). So what is so unusual about these days that they would point to Christ’s coming? There is nothing particularly sinful about eating, drinking, marriage, buying, selling, gardening, or building. Those are all normal activities that happen every day.

That is exactly the point Jesus was warning about—In the days before His coming people would be living their normal lives as if nothing were about to happen.  They’d enjoy their meals… attend weddings… purchase items… grow gardens… and work construction, as they always did, oblivious that judgment was coming.

The context of the days Jesus described was they “knew NOT until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:39).  They  ignored the warnings and continued to live life as usual. They did nothing to prepare for the Lord’s return. They would be caught unawares!

That is exactly what is happening today!  People live their lives like everything will “continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willingly are ignorant” (2 Pet. 3:4).

If you and I really believe the Lord is coming soon, it should be reflected by an urgency in how we live our lives.  We cannot continue to live like its “business as usual.”  Jesus asked, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Does your life show you expect the Lord to come at any moment? As Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching (Luke 12:37).  When Jesus comes will He find you watching? (Titus 2:13)

Rest in Times of Trouble

Paul wrote to troubled Thessalonians, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven … When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10).

As in the troublesome days when Paul wrote these words, we are living in perilous times also. There is the threat of terrorism, political unrest, and sin abounding on every hand.

But, Paul extends an invitation to those who are troubled to “REST with us.”  Paul was resting, so why can’t we rest with him?   How can we rest with world conditions getting worse and worse?  By looking forward to the day when the Jesus shall come and put an end to our troubles.

Until then, rest in this assurance—When Jesus comes He will make everything that is wrong in the world, right!  This truth should bring rest to any troubled believer.

“In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning”

In That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” —1 Thessalonians 4:16

One December during the Civil War, when the Union troops were about to stomp out Vicksburg, there was a heavy snowstorm.  The rebel soldiers were caught out in the field.  The men lay flat on the ground and covered themselves up with their trench coats.  The next morning, General Robert E. Lee stood on what is now called Lee’s Hill.  When he looked out across that battlefield, all he saw was six inches of snow.  He said to his subordinate general, “Where is the army of Northern Virginia that is supposed to be the bravest brigade in this whole conflict?” He thought those soldiers had deserted in the midst of the battle. The bugle boy said, “General, let me blow Reveille.” When he started to play Reveille on that bugle, one by one here and over there, the soldiers began to pop up and shake the snow from their garments.  They rose like a mighty army, stood in line, and saluted the general.  These were the troops aroused from sleep.

Someday soon Gabriel will blow his trumpet and those who sleep in Jesus will arise from their graves and salute the Captain of their salvation in the air!

As the old song goes, “Ain’t no grave that can hold my body down!”

A Word for the Weary

A Word for the Weary

“…how to speak a word in season to him that is weary”  —Isaiah. 50:4

The prophet Isaiah dealt with the nation Israel during a time when they were taken captive by the Babylonians. They were discouraged, distressed, and downtrodden. What could he say to these weary people to help them?  Isaiah writes, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary (Isa. 50:4). And what word did Isaiah gave them? He spoke a word of hope. He spoke of the coming Messiah and their need to just trust the Lord (Isa. 50:5-10).

People who are weary need a word of hope. What hope can you give them?  The greatest hope we have is the “blessed hope” of Christ’s soon appearing (Titus 2:13). No wonder Paul concluded his discussion about the rapture of the saints saying, Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thess. 4:13-18).  What greater comfort or hope can you offer a person who is weary than Jesus is coming soon? There isn’t a single problem a Christian may have that Christ’s coming wouldn’t solve!

Do you know someone who is weary or needs a word of encouragement? Why not write them note, email, or call them on the phone to remind them of our blessed hope that Jesus is coming soon! As Jesus said, Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh(Luke 21:28).

“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Heb. 10:37).