What About The Future?
Most people are not thinking about the end of the year yet. But the Church calendar is a little bit different. Advent Season begins in December, and Advent Season is the beginning of the new Church Year. That means that these last weeks of November are the end of the Church Year, and a focus on the Last Days. Over the next month pay careful attention to our Bible readings, and make application to your life. What will happen in the Last Days? Are you prepared? What about our future?
November 4 - What A Crowd
Sometimes we feel alone. We face questions or concerns about next week, next month or next year. Maybe we are facing recurrent struggles from our past that shape our future, and we find ourselves feeling very alone in this struggle. In our reading today, God provides a look to the future that gives us comfort today. One day we will find ourselves among a great crowd - a crowd of people redeemed by God. Because of Jesus Christ we are a part of that crowd giving praise to God forever.
Readings: Rev. 7:9-17, Matthew 5:1-12
November 11 - Our Unchanging God
The future is filled with change. We often struggle with the change brought about by a new job, a new place to live, or even a new pair of shoes. As we consider the Last Day and the return of Christ, imagine the changes that we will experience. Everything will be changed, except our God. What an incredible comfort, the God we know, is the same God forever. He is our eternal and unchanging God.
Readings: Isaiah 51:9-16, Matthew 9:18-26
November 18 - Life Is Short
“It’s been a long day.” We might use these words to describe a difficult day where things didn’t go our way. We might even describe a difficult week, by saying, “it’s been a long week.” But we rarely hear someone complain about how long their life has been. There is no doubt that our lives here on this earth are incredibly short, especially as compared to the gift of eternal life that God has promised.
Readings: Job 14:1-6, Matthew 24:15-28
November 25 - New Heavens And New Earth
Too often, when Christians think of the future, they think of “their” future in heaven. God’s Word turns us from individual and even selfish thoughts, to glorious plans for the future of His Bride, the Church. He has not only given “you” salvation, but He is going to create new heavens and a new earth - He creates an eternal future for His Church.
Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25, Matthew 25:1-13