Our new daily devotional will be a re-post from Words Of Hope. We re-post this with permission of Words of Hope. God bless you!
Stay Awake, Keep Watching
December 17, 2019
Read: Luke 21:10-36
Now when these things begin to take place . . . raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (v. 28)
While most people are oblivious to Christ’s return, some seem obsessed with it. They are constantly on the lookout for signs of the second coming—heavenly portents, convulsions in nature, wars on earth, persecutions for the church—and predicting dates for the end. Is that what Jesus meant when he told his disciples to stay awake and watch for his coming?
The first three Gospels all record Jesus’ apocalyptic discourse, delivered in the temple just before his crucifixion. It’s hard to understand because Jesus interwove teaching about his return with warnings about the fall of Jerusalem, which happened a generation later in AD 70.
But the important point is clear. Watching for his return doesn’t mean standing around looking up at the sky, or panicking at every sign of doomsday. The signs are always present. And no matter how hard people try to predict it, the end will still come “suddenly like a trap” (v. 34). So what does it mean to watch? It means avoiding the heart-numbing worldliness that thinks only about earthly pleasures. It means living by faith, so that you’re ready at all times to stand before him. It means patiently doing what Jesus told us to do, which is to seek his kingdom and righteousness. Above all, it means lifting your head in hope, because your redemption is drawing near. —David Bast
As you pray, give thanks that “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11).