WHEN???

Luke and the Lost

With our kids and now with our grandkids, we always explain time in the amount of “sleeps” if it is a long time over a few days until something really exciting happens. If it is a short period of time, then it was explained in “the amount of time you watch Wild Krats” (or any current, favorite TV show). We all want to know HOW LONG until we get to…..Along with when (which is probably the most important to us, is the where and how. Jesus explains that well…

Luke 17, The Message
When the Son of Man Arrives
20-21 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.”

22-24 He went on to say to his disciples, “The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won’t see a thing. And they’ll say to you, ‘Look over there!’ or, ‘Look here!’ Don’t fall for any of that nonsense. The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.

24-25 “You know how the whole sky lights up from a single flash of lightning? That’s how it will be on the Day of the Son of Man. But first it’s necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today.

26-27 “The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah—everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away.

28-30 “It was the same in the time of Lot—the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. That’s how it will be—sudden, total—when the Son of Man is revealed.

31-33 “When the Day arrives and you’re out working in the yard, don’t run into the house to get anything. And if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.

34-35 “On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing—one taken, the other left. Two women will be working in the same kitchen—one taken, the other left.”

37 Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, “Master, where?”

He told them, “Watch for the circling of the vultures. They’ll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around my dead body.”

The words that speak peace, comfort and Truth to me today as I read over this a few times is what Jesus is telling my heart and soul…”The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.” So, stop worrying or fretting about when, where or how. Read over this passage until we lose the fear of the unknown and gain hope in what will be.

Stop worrying if you are good enough, strong enough, or ready enough. God is more than enough for all of us. Jesus is more than enough as our advocate before the Father. His Holy Spirit guides and comforts us more than enough. The only thing we need to know is that He will simply come…to those who “don’t see, yet believe”. He simply comes every day into hearts that are totally yielded to Him, whose hearts are completely His. He is the great I AM who loves us more than we can imagine. That is more than enough for me.

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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your Word of power and peace. Continue to go with us. I’m yours…because You will not let me go. You are more than enough. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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