As we look around us at what is transpiring not only around the world, but here in our own backyards, one can’t help but to stop and think about what Jesus said in Luke 21:28, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.”
What is Jesus saying here? He is telling us not to lose heart, give up, cave in, and quit! What is Jesus saying? He is telling us to look up and stay focused on Him. Right now, there are way too many Christians who are being distracted, by the cares of this world and things which are taking place. Whether it be protests or rioting, or even the upcoming election. Jesus is telling us stay focused on Him. Why? Because He is our only source of help and peace.
As we back up a few verses here in Luke 21, we can see Jesus has told us these things would be happening, they are signs that we are on the road to the end of this current age. But, in verse 26, Jesus said, “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken.”
Jesus is telling us that this has nothing to do with heart disease, but rather that people would be losing heart. They would not have the heart or courage to continue on in the faith. As I look around the Church world, I see people losing heart and caving in to the pressures of the world’s system, and those same people are persecuting other Christians who refuse to be moved from their stand on God’s Word.
I think the Church has forgotten the words of the Apostle Paul in Second Corinthians 4:4, that Satan is god of this world’s system. But he is not our god! We serve the True and Living God and He said He would NEVER LEAVE US, NOR FORSAKE US!
The Psalmist David said it this way in Psalm 57:6-7, as he was being pursued and persecuted by Saul, “They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dug a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.”
David let’s us know that no matter what evil was being brought against him, that he would stay fixed and focused upon the Lord. That’s what I want to say to you today, “Stay fixed and focused upon the Lord!” Don’t allow the distraction of the world to sway you away from spending quality with the Lord. Remember, we have a “Better Covenant established upon “Better Promises” all because of Jesus! As always, I want to encourage you to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In the Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson