“Are you ready?” September 24

 

Are you ready? - Mark 13.33, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” Jesus is coming back. He told us about the signs pointing to His return and said to watch and pray. Are you watching? Are you praying? Are you ready?Mark 13.33, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” Jesus is coming back. He told us about the signs pointing to His return and said to watch and pray. Are you watching? Are you praying? Are you ready?

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 39 & 40
Psalm 109.21-25
Proverbs 26.2
Galatians 2.1-21

 

Are you ready?

 

Isaiah 39 & 40:

At Least It Will Be Good for Me

 

Hezekiah made me think of some of our politicians. He has just been told that his actions are going to cost his children and grandchildren dearly. Look at his response. Isaiah 39:

5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD of hosts. 6 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. 7 ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”

8 So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.”

 

He who Weighs the Mountains

 

Chapter 40 makes we wonder afresh if we really understand the awesomeness of God:

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
Measured heaven with a span
And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales
And the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has taught Him?
14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him,
And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge,
And showed Him the way of understanding?

Though the Bible is not primarily a book about science, where it does speak of science or any other subject, it is truth! “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth …” (v. 22). He told us the earth was round long before science figured it out!

Although many theories laid out by sinful, unredeemed men contradict the Bible (remember it’s the theory of evolution), true science does not!

Chapter 40 goes on:

26 Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.

Just look up! The heavens declare His majesty. The order and magnificence of the universe speaks of a Creator. The intricacies of the human body alone confirm to anyone who wants the truth that nothing happened by mere chance.

God is upholding everything! He “brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name.” The host—all the stars and planets and all the universes that exist, do so because He created them, He already knows just how many there are even as we continue to discover new ones. He has already named each one of them. Just as He declared what a set of pagan parents would name their son (King Cyrus) a hundred and fifty years before, so He pre-ordained the name of each star and planet and solar system.

And if that’s not enough, it’s His power which holds each one in its place, “by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing.” But one day that will all change and the events going on in the world today point to the fact that it could happen anytime! Mark 13:  Continue reading

The Jesus Code: “Watch & Pray” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 35 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26.40).

When we read this verse, we most often think about prayer and, certainly, prayer is in view here, but pray and more … watching. Hawkins says:

Jesus asked this question of Peter, who would one day become the undisputed leader of the Jerusalem church. Jesus asked this question of James, one of the original “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3: 17) and the first of the apostles to meet a martyr’s death. And Jesus asked this question of John, who after pastoring the great church at Ephesus would be exiled on Patmos from where he would write the book of Revelation. Jesus was not only asking them— these men who knew the Scriptures— to pray with Him but also and primarily to ‘‘ watch.” His question was, “Could you not watch with Me one hour?” Upon hearing this, the disciples undoubtedly thought of the words of Isaiah, the prophet who spoke of the watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem who “shall never hold their peace day or night” (Isaiah 62: 6). Seven hundred years earlier Isaiah had spoken of the importance of watching and praying.

Peter, James, and John had the opportunity to provide Jesus with physical security as well as spiritual security during this hour that He prayed. The disciples could have alerted Jesus to anyone entering Gethsemane, and more importantly, the disciples could have prayed for strength, courage, and peace for their Master and Lord. But the disciples did neither; they slept.

We, too, are called to watch and pray. Who needs the physical or spiritual security that could come from your prayers? Are you praying for your pastors and church leaders? Do you know missionaries who face hardship and difficulties? What about family members who face a hostile workplace or spiritually dangerous campus? Who is praying for your spouse or your children if you aren’t? Continue reading