Midweek Thoughts • March 25

While we are largely stuck at home many are using the time to catch up on reading. I have a stack of books I would love to get read. Arti will tell you one of the things I hate to do is stop a story in the middle, whether it is turning a TV program off or closing a book. That got me thinking about reading the Bible. I trust everyone is using their time to do a little extra reading, but I want to warn you against closing that book too early.

One day the disciples of Jesus wanted to know what the signs of the end of the age would be and Jesus responded, according to Luke 21:10-11, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” If you are reading Revelation and get to chapter 9 you will read about how those judgments will fall upon mankind as God wraps up history. It is not a pretty picture at all and seems like an all too true prophetic message of today. If so, it is going to get worse before it gets better.

But here is the secret. Do not quit reading half-way through the book because the climax is in chapters 19-21 where we read that Jesus is coming again. When He returns, He will dwell with His people and make all things right. It is glorious picture. It is true that we cannot get to chapter 19 without first going through chapter 9 but don’t let your heart stop there. Go on and know that God really is in control and in His time and in His way, He will make all things new. For too many this seems like a hopeless situation but we who know Jesus are never without hope.