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Eternity, Hanging in the Balance

A few days ago I was listening to Christian radio.  I don’t remember who I was listening to.  I don’t even remember if it was commentary between songs, or if it was a sermon!  It has been a busy week!  But.  I do remember one thing that was very clear.  The Holy Spirit’s voice.  Something on that radio station was said about the Israelites not being allowed to cross into Canaan, and God waited for the next generation to come along before taking them in.  The Holy Spirit spoke to me at that moment, very clearly.  “This could happen now.”  My heart sunk!  He gave me these words, and He gave me this meaning:  the rapture could be postponed in the same manner, and rewarded to the next generation.  What I didn’t know was why.  So I prayed.  And I went back to my favorite Old Testament book, Deuteronomy.

In Deuteronomy 1:19-46 Moses recounts how the Israelites came to the Jordan River, and the border of Canaan, the land God had promised to give to them since the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, their forefathers hundreds of years earlier.  The time had finally come.  And after many tremendous demonstrations of God’s faithfulness, power and might, they saw the moment at hand.  The time they and their fathers and grandfathers had waited for.  But they lacked the faith to believe God was mighty enough to hand the land and it’s inhabitants over to them in victory.  They forgot about how God had controlled nature itself when he submitted the Egyptians to the 10 plagues.  They forgot about the time God parted the Red Sea and gave them dry land to cross on, and then washed the enemy away in the same waters.  They didn’t understand the immeasurable love of the God who provided food for them day and night, and water when they needed it, and who stayed with them in a physical, visible presence of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  They lacked the faith to trust in this God, His goodness and His promises.  And because they didn’t trust Him, after all they had been through with Him, He denied them His reward.  God did not go back on His promise, but He did postpone it for a generation who would honor Him with their faithfulness.

If you follow Christian teachings, it is not hard to find talk somewhere about the possible time of the Rapture?  Is it time?  Will Jesus return soon to take the Church to be with Him?  Events of the times point more and more to that promise.  And many have felt the assurance of the Holy Spirit that the time is near.  Of course no one can say for certain, and no one can name a date and time, but many believe that time to be soon.  The Rapture is the reward for the Church.  But it can be postponed for the next generation.  I believe that is what the Holy Spirit was speaking to me this week.  What would be the reasoning?

Our faith.  We have seen the goodness of God in our lives and in His creation.  Certainly we know His goodness, His mercy, His grace and His love when we look at the cross of Christ.  Yet, when we consider the Rapture, and the time leading up to it, do we fear?  Do we lack the faith and trust to believe in God’s goodness and His perfect plan and timing?  Do we cling to this world trying to hide from Him that we don’t want Jesus to return?  Would we rather go on with life as we know it, or knew it, than to upset the apple cart and begin anew, even if it is in glory with our Savior?  Do we see the persecution of our brethren around the world and fear that God is not in control and powerful enough to protect us?  Have we not drawn near enough to God through the reading of His Word, and through time spent in prayer to know without a doubt His love and His power and His might?  Do we not trust His mercy and His truth and His promise to return for us, to rescue us out of this world of sin and evil, and take us to our reward?  We do want Jesus to come back, right?

I do!  The more I watch the news, the more I long for His return.  The more I read and hear blasphemies against my God, the more I long for an end and the righteousness of Christ to come.  The more I see this world turn boldly to sin and away from holiness, the more I look to the skies to see my Savior return.  If you are not ready, GET READY!  If you say you trust God, then TRUST HIM!  If you can’t, ask Him to give you the faith you need.  Let now be the time!  Let our hearts long for Jesus!  Let us believe in God’s goodness, promises, and perfect timing!  MARANATHA!!  COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS!!!!  AMEN & AMEN

Pete and Repeat….

Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?

Pete.

Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?

Pete.

Pete and Repeat were….

Get the picture? 🙂 That could go on forever!!! And if you have the right children saying it, it will!!!

Do our prayers sometimes look like Pete and Repeat? I know mine do. I start praying for something, or several somethings, and every day I pray the same thing. Over and over. Day after day. Is this what I think pray without ceasing means (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Mmm. Don’t think so.

So why do I pray the same thing over and over? Do I think that God hasn’t heard me? Maybe. Has He forgotten that I need His attention in a certain area? I wonder. Or maybe I think that if I pray over and over my persistence will win Him over, He will see things my way, and answer the way I want Him to. Could be. Honestly, I don’t have an answer to these questions. It may be a combination of all of them. Either way, I’m pretty sure this is not what God wants.

When I ask my boys to do their chores over and over again, I am considered a nag. I don’t want to be a nag to God. If I have a close relationship of faith and trust with God, I don’t think I will see a need to nag Him about my prayer requests. I’m pretty sure that is not the kind of loving communication He wants from me either.

In Matthew 6:7-8 Jesus says this: “But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask them.”

Should we stop praying or asking? Oh no! Remember all the verses where we are told to ask, seek, and knock. But! God does already know our needs before we ask. And He does desire that we talk to Him about them in prayer. Ask Him. But then what does He want from us? Faith and trust. Thank Him for hearing your prayer, and for answering in His timing, according to His will. Does that mean you should stop praying for that one thing? I don’t think so. But I do think once we have placed a request in His hands, we need to leave it there. He has it. He isn’t going to lose our requests, and He isn’t going to forget them. So let us then trust Him and thank Him for His faithfulness. This is not an easy thing to do, but then leaps of faith never are. Who better to trust to be faithful, though, than our mighty God?

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