Be On The Alert
The world is currently in an uproar during this present day crisis... but really this should not be a surprise to the church, the body of Christ. Listen to the words of Jesus as He gives us a glimpse of things to come...
"Then He continued by saying to them,“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:10,11)
God, in His great love toward us gives us a sneak preview of the things to come. But like anything as time goes by and we continue to wait we often forget and get sleepy. Remember the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25... five being wise and five being foolish. It says, "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep" (Mt.25:5)
The tendency is that as things don't materialize right away we all tend to put them on the back burner until something stirs it up again. We even get tired of waiting and sometimes don't have the sense of urgency we once had until something stirs us from our slumber... "But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet Him" (Mt.25:6)
The "shout" woke the 10 virgins up... even though Five had been prepared to meet the bridegroom five were not...
I can hear a "shout" in the distance coming from our Lord saying, "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour." (Mt.25:13)
Yes Jesus is coming soon... we are living in the last days where we are experiencing "birth pangs" and we will experience various trials as promised... "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1:2-4)
Friends, the shaking the earth is experiencing right now is to get our attention. We are encouraged to "...run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith" (Heb.12:1-2) Let us not get weary as we watch remembering to "be on the alert"