Matthew 24:32-51; Numbers 28-29; Song of Solomon 8:5-14
I can’t tell you how many times we have gone through a predicted “end of the world” since I’ve been alive. People have set dates for the return of Jesus; written books about it and made a bunch of money; and have been wrong. While I understand the fascination with knowing the time when Jesus will come again let me just ask what difference will it make in our lives? Jesus put it this way: “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44) If we would do anything different in March of 2025 because we knew that Jesus was coming back on April 5, 2025, wouldn’t it make sense to live that way all the time? (I didn’t set a date by the way. That was an example.) Life is so fragile that we don’t know if we’ll be alive in two minutes, let alone 20 years. The call from Jesus on our lives is to live each day knowing that Jesus might come back at any minute. We don’t know when the end of the world will be. We don’t know when the end of our life will be. We do know the qualities of life that God wants from us right now. Each day we need to love justice, do mercy and walk humbly with God. If you want to be ready when Jesus comes, do those things.
Lord, remind me that You want me to live for You each day; not just when I think You might be returning. We live in a world that is full of people who need to know and experience Your love, Your grace and Your mercy. Let me be an example of those qualities each day.