But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.Luke 21:34-36
For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Are you having a hard time?
I’m having a difficult time, and I know I’m not alone. I confess I’ve been weighed down with the cares of life.
I have fibromyalgia, and I’m used to being in pain and feeling tired, but for the last six months the pain and exhaustion have been much worse.
Now, with Christmas approaching, I’m even more stressed and anxious than usual. There is pressure all around to buy, to prepare, to perform, and to make Christmas perfect. The year has gone so quickly, and I think this is adding to the stress.
I’ve become aware that I’m like a sponge, sensing the feelings of people around me.
In Australia, where I live, there are terrible bushfires, bringing so much suffering, devastation, loss of homes and lives. I can smell the smoke even within my home.
Whilst talking about the fires with a friend, in a cafe the other day, I noticed a shelf full of glitzy Christmas decorations. It seemed out of place……unfeeling……
Life goes on…..as always…..
It’s too easy to forget, to turn our backs, to pretend everything is normal, when, not that far out of town, the fires are raging: people have been forced to leave their homes, scared about what’s next. Animals are dying and the land is in ruin.
Will we repent and turn to God?
God’s Spirit is grieving. He has allowed the fires, giving us a taste of his coming judgement, and an opportunity to repent. Yet we refuse to acknowledge him.
We refuse to see our sin and repent, instead, blaming things on climate change.
Our creator, who sent his son to save us, is looking on this earth, knowing all that is ahead. He has given us time to turn to him, yet we refuse. Instead, we follow our idols and believe the lies.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.Acts 17:30-31
As Christians, we need to keep our eyes on God, and not allow ourselves to be distracted.
Time is short!
Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.Rev 3:2-3
If we turn our backs on our creator now, how much worse will it be when God removes his Spirit and his Bride from the earth and allows evil to reign?
Will people cry out to God, in earnest repentance?
Will Christians who have been left behind realise their error and return to God, or will they go with the crowd and worship the beast?
Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Thus says the Lord God: Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes.
An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes.
Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting on the mountains.
Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations.
And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.
This is the beginning of sorrows.
Keep our eyes on our Lord.
Let us draw close to God, and pray we are ready when he returns.
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.1Peter4:7
Father, in Jesus name, we cry out to you!
We need you! We love you!
Show us our sins so we can repent.
Show us where we need to forgive.
Please forgive us of all our sin.
Please protect and strengthen us and keep us close to you.
Enable us to do your will at all times.
Let your light shine through us.
Lead and keep us on your narrow path.
Please count us worthy to escape the things that are coming to the earth, and make us ready for that glorious day when you return for your bride.
We long to meet you in the clouds, to bow before you and worship you, and to be with you forever!
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.Rev 3:10