The Day

fig tree

 Now think of the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and greenish, as soon as it begins to sprout leaves, you know to expect summer.   In the same way, when you see the wars and the suffering and the false liberators and the desolation, you will know the Son of Man is near—right at the door.  Matthew 24:32-33
Don’t be worried with evil workers
or envy the gains of people with all-wrong-upside-down ways.
Soon enough they will wither like grass,
like green herbs fading in summer’s heat.
Believe in the Eternal, and do what is good—
live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness.
Take great joy in the Eternal!
His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!
Commit your path to the Eternal; let Him direct you.
Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you.
He will spread out righteousness for you
as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land;
He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.
Be still. Be patient. Expect the Eternal to arrive and set things right.
Don’t get upset when you see the worldly ones rising up the ladder.
Don’t be bothered by those who are anchored in wicked ways.
So turn from anger. Don’t rage,
and don’t worry—these ways frame the doorway to evil.
Besides, those who act from evil motives will be cut off from the land;
but those who wait, hoping in the Eternal, will enjoy its riches.
You’ll see . . . the wicked won’t know what hit them;
you’ll blink, and they’ll be gone;
you’ll go out looking for them, but you won’t find them.
But the humble-hearted will inherit the land;
they will take pleasure in its peace and enjoy its abundance.
How that wicked man devises evil against God’s righteous ones!
He grits his teeth, consumed by hate for the upright.
But oh, how the Lord laughs at him!
He knows the wicked man will get his; the day is coming. Psalm 37:1-13
The Day…
I don’t know about you but I can get really wrapped up, fearful and anxious about all the trouble in the world. Lately I have tried to offset that by thinking about the promises our Lord has made to us about His return.

At the end of it all we walk this walk by faith. Faith that God will bring about what He promises. Faith that there is a better day coming. Sometimes in the midst of the confusion and evil we forget this. In this post I want to draw my attention and yours back to the promises and the warnings. Jesus will return and set things right! The day is coming.
On the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter;
Matthew 12:36

Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
Matthew 25:13

The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
Romans 13:12

He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
1 Corinthians 1:8

Do not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:25
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.            1 Peter 1:7

The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night; and on that day, the sky will vanish with a roar, the elements will melt with intense heat, and the earth and all the works done on it will be seen as they truly are.
2 Peter 3:10

And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 4:17

It is one thing to believe, to have faith in these promises and warnings but what do we do in the meantime? How should we live as we wait for the day of the Lord’s return or for the day we return home? We find the answer in Psalm 37

Don’t worry about or be envious of the wicked
Believe in God and do what is good
Live in the land he provides
Rest in God’s faithfulness
Take great joy in Him
Commit your path to Him
Put your confidence in Him
Be still
Be patient
Expect God to set things right
Turn away from anger
Don’t worry

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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2 Responses to The Day

  1. ptl2010 says:

    In these, the closing days of time

    Author: Thoro Harris

    In these, the closing days of time,
    What joy the glorious hope affords,
    That soon—O wondrous truth sublime!
    He shall reign, King of kings and Lord of Lords.

    Refrain

    He’s coming soon, He’s coming soon;
    With joy we welcome His returning;
    It may be morn, it may be night or noon—
    We know He’s coming soon.

    The signs around—in earth and air,
    Or painted on the starlit sky,
    God’s faithful witnesses—declare
    That the coming of the Savior draweth nigh.

    Refrain

    The dead in Christ who ’neath us lie,
    In countless numbers, all shall rise
    When through the portals of the sky
    He shall come to prepare our paradise.

    Refrain

    And we, who living, yet remain,
    Caught up, shall meet our faithful Lord;
    This hope we cherish not in vain,
    But we comfort one another by this word.

    Refrain

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