January 20, 2023

Here is a hint

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Luke 21:33

This passage is about the end times and what signs to watch for as the end approaches, but I believe this is one verse in the passage that is key, but often gets overlooked.  It is verse 33.  Basically, it says no matter what happens and no matter when it happens, there is one thing that will remain and always be the same in strength and power, in heaven and earth, that is the Word of God.

God’s Word!  What a precious gift we have been given.  Having a written form accessible to us 24/7 is something that up until the last 200 or so years, was not available to everyone.  We are blessed more than any other generation before us because of the unrestricted access we have to the eternal words and promises of God to His people.  Sadly, we are probably the generation who ignores it more than any other generation, also.  Of course, I don’t know if that is the case, but certainly this present time in the world, people have a greater responsibility to know God’s Word since it is at our fingertips continuously.

Oh, we get excited about the latest headlines and the current crisis and think this could, be it?  Surly He is on His way back for us now, but we don’t take the time to bask in the love of His word that He gave us to know Him so intimately.  Plainly said: God’s Word needs to become our focus and our main priority in life again.  We should know if better than we know how to use any devise or any other written word we study.  We should value the Word of God as the great treasure that it is, bury it in our heart so that all our responses will be in line with Him, not against Him. We should turn to it before and more often than looking to the news, headlines, media or any other worldly attraction.

Today I want to encourage you to get deep into God’s Word.  If you don’t already have a quiet time that you spend with Him and His Word each day, start today.  If you do have that time, then start really appreciating the gift we have in His Word and recognize it as the authority that will stand forever and as the answer to anything you face. His Word is life to those who find and health to their whole body. (Proverb 4:22)

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 21:20-33

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 

21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 

22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 

23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 

24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 

26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 

27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 

28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 

30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 

31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 

32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 

33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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