Our scripture this week is Luke 21:5-19.
Jesus has told us that we will not know the day or time when God chooses to bring this world to a close. In Matthew 24:36 He says “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Later in that lesson He urges us “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
We have gotten better at predicting when severe storms will occur, but even with all our technology, we can’t be certain of when or even if a certain storm will hit a certain place at a certain time. If we can’t be certain of the timing of earthly things, how could we be certain of the timing of heavenly things? Jesus tells us not to worry – “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7)
Here is something of which we can be certain: Jesus came to save us all and to send us as His representatives to the world. His love and truth must be shared with everyone. We don’t need to worry about when God will choose to end this world if we are about the Lord’s business while we are here.
Heavenly Father, often we are distressed by not knowing all the details of Your plan. Help us to see what is important – sharing the Gospel and being ready all the time – and not to be distracted by wanting to know all the answers. Amen.