And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Revelation 22:12.
Was Christ a false prophet when He uttered these words? More than eighteen hundred years have passed since John heard this great truth, and the Lord has not yet come to reign. But shall we give up looking for His appearance? Shall we say, “My lord delayeth his coming”?
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” (Jude 14). . . . The doctrine of Christ’s coming was made known at this early date to the man who walked with God in continual communion. The godly character of this prophet is to represent the state of holiness to which the people of God must attain who expect to be translated to heaven. . . .
Shall we say we have been deceived in regard to the doctrine of Christ’s near coming? . . . Shall we say that all our work to make ready a people prepared for His coming has been for nought? Never. . . . “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; . . . and let us consider one another to provoke”–unto doubts and unbelief, and apostasy? No, but “unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, . . . but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25).
We must have a knowledge of the Scriptures, that we may trace down the lines of prophecy and . . . see that the day is approaching, so that with increased zeal and effort we may exhort one another to faithfulness. . . . Give up our faith? lose our confidence? become impatient? No, no. We will not think of such a thing. . . . See how the specifications of the prophecies have been and are fulfilling. Let us lift up our heads and rejoice, for our redemption draweth nigh. It is nearer than when we first believed. Shall we not wait patiently, filled with courage and faith? Shall we not make ready a people to stand in the day of final reckoning?
That I May Know Him p. 348
—–update— We are in ______ after another follow up visit with a wonderful team at ______, and are preparing for Jan’s early Friday morning surgery to remove the part of the brain tumor that did not respond to the IMRT radiation therapy done a few months ago. We would appreciate your prayers for healing, for a successful operation, recovery, rehab, and strength. Michael
When Ron and I were newly married, we celebrated our anniversary every week. We had gotten married on a Thursday, so every Thursday after work, we did something fun. Most of the time, we went miniature golfing, but Ron was growing tired of it and decided that we should do something new and different. To my dismay, he decided that we should go horseback riding at a nearby stables.
Horseback riding brought out two problems that Ron was about to learn that I had. 1. I’m allergic to horses. 2. I didn’t know how to ride. Not wanting to put a damper on Ron’s enthusiasm, however, I put on a forced smile determined that I would not spoil his fun. When we got to the stables, my nose began to itch. I tried not to sneeze. We mounted our horses and off we went. We had not gotten very far down the trail before I began to be very miserable. My nose was running like a faucet and my horse had figured out that she was in control. If a horse could smile, that one was grinning. She saw some tender plant a little ways off the path and trotted over and began to eat. No matter how many times I pulled on the reigns, she kept eating. The others were getting farther down the path. I had visions of being left at the mercy of this creature that was making me so sick.
The guide noticed my predicament and rescued me. Giving me a few instructions, she rode back up to the front of the group. Her instructions did not help a bit. That horse was not going to give up control so easily. Soon she had spied a nice delicacy farther from the trail. Off she trotted carrying me along with her.
The leader again came to my rescue. Even though I tried to gain control, that horse was my master. I was not having a good time and neither were any of the others in the group. Everyone was glaring at me for ruining their ride. Several more times that horse took me where I did not want to go. I was humiliated, that is true, but mostly I just wanted off from that beast so I could go home and take an allergy pill.
Finally the leader rode back past the group, found where my horse had taken me, and took the reins. My horse was not happy and I was embarrassed, but at least we were now going in the right direction. We trotted by all the group and led the way.
How often it is the same in our life. If we do not allow Jesus to lead us, the evil one takes control just as did that beast I was attempting to ride. Before long we have find ourselves far from the narrow path and unable to get back to where we should be. (Matt 7:13, 14) We try and try our hardest, but without success. We become an embarrassment to ourselves and to others. Try as we might, we are trapped in the snares of the evil one. What at one time seemed like a pleasure, now binds us with strong chains and we are helpless to break free.
We feel as did David when he prayed, “Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.” “O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.” Ps 69:1-3;25:20 We cry out as did Paul, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom 7:24
He then answers his own question, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Praise God we have a Heavenly Guide, Who will rescue us from our strayings! We only need to ask and He will deliver us. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.” 2 Peter 2:9 “The LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.” Isa 33:22 Indeed, He has given His own life to ransom us from all evil. He “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14
May we allow Jesus to take hold of the reins of our life and lead us in the way we should go. May we pray as did Jeremiah, “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” Jer 17:16 May the Lord “deliver (us) from every evil work, and preserve (us) unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 2 Tim 4:18