I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be among the people of Israel during their exodus from Egypt. They’d been slaves for over 400 years. Then, a leader rose up among them named Moses, and he was commissioned to deliver them out of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land.
In Scripture, the Day of the Lord is a reference to the day when Jesus Christ will come again and bring justice to the earth. The early church lived in that expectation. It will be a day of reckoning, a day of judgment, and a day of victory!
We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. He’s the same God who holds you in His hands. Jeremiah wanted Israel to know that God had a plan for them. Despite the circumstances of their captivity in a foreign land, Jeremiah said that God was not through with them.
Prognosticators forecast everything from the stock market to the end of the world. Will the future bring a bear market or a bullish one? What about my personal future? Who do you listen to? What do you believe? Only one person knows the future. He is the one who has been there.
A recent survey showed how people generally view the future of our world today. Over 60% said that they thought it was going to hell in a handbag. Only 35% agreed with Bob Marley – “Everything’s Gonna be Alright!”
It’s been called “the American dream.” Every couple works toward it, owning your own home. There’s nothing quite like the day you move in. Wise couples know that it takes more than a house to make a home. The Psalmist put it this way: “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted ….” Psalm 127:1a (NLT)
The world has no explanation for a life transformed by the power of Christ. A changed life is proof that God is alive! Life change is the greatest evidence for the existence of God. There are three characteristics of a Christ-filled life that will utterly confound the world around you: truth, love and grace.
President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Knowledge may impress people, but love will influence them. That’s the value of love! Love is superior to knowledge, faith, sacrifice, and achievements. Without love, none of these great qualities will leave a lasting impact.
It’s been said that people won’t remember what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. That’s the power of love! God not only loves, but God is love! In Him, we have the capacity to love like He loves.
The promise is not just for Israel. God desires for us to seek Him and promises to be found by all those who seek Him wholeheartedly. The reward for seekers is in finding what they are looking for. What are you looking for in life? Have you found it?