Judges 1:1-2:9; Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 90:1-91:16; Proverbs13:24-25
The disciples didn’t realize it, but they were in need of urgent care–especially regarding their future. Life as they’d known it–at least for the last three years of following Jesus–was about to change. It would never be the same again–after the cross.
Jesus diagnoses their need and addresses it with these words: “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness, and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” Luke 21:34
His disciples would in the near future see their Lord, risen from death and the grave, rise even higher into Heaven–away from them, but leaving with the promise of his return.
How were they to live until His return? The same way we are to live–watch and pray.
Jesus told them before He died, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you will be able to escape all that is to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
We faithful followers continue to wait for Christ’s return. As we wait, we watch and pray. We listen to His voice, we teach, we bring encouragement, we love in His Name.
Lord God, we thank you for your urgent care of our souls–for providing your Son, Jesus, whose death remedied our sinful condition. We thank you for instructing us on how we are to live our lives as we wait.
Please keep us strong in the faith and ever vigilant. Forgive us for the times we have squandered time and resources on things that benefited only ourselves. Keep us from complacency and smug spiritual satisfaction. Give us a sense of urgent care for those who need Your Good Word in their lives. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra, you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him,
I will be with him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:11-16