Yesterday in a Bible Study, we were talking about the weather that’s come through the area recently, talking about the flooding thats hit Nashville and Memphis, talking about the river of oil rushing towards the Gulf Coast, talking Coal Mine disasters, talking about earthquakes, talking about Icelandic Volcanos, talking about all that’s been happening in the world.
And then a question was asked that didn’t really expect.
Is the world coming to an end? It was not asked in a wild-eyed, conspiracy laden way, but in a calm, sober voice. One that looked around at all that’s been happening and wondered, wow, what are we to make of all this.
I responded with the assurance, yes, each day we live, we are closer to the return of our Lord. Now is the return to be today? Tomorrow? The day after? That I don’t know, and that I leave in God’s hands. Because even Jesus said no on knows the hour or day.
I was thinking about when I read a passage from 1 Thessalonians this morning:
9 For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Paul was writing to the people there about the Second Coming. He writes about all that is to happen, about all these mysteries. But then He begins chapter 5 with this passage about being faithful and reminds them – you were made for salvation.
You were created not for wrath, but for salvation.
God is not out to get you.
God is not out to punish you.
God is not out to crush you.
We were not made for that.
We were made for salvation, for life, for love, for grace, for hope, for all that is good and noble and peaceful.
In the storms of life, the storms of this world, the storms of our soul, never forget that. Never forget what you were made for. Never forget God’s purpose for you.
To be loved.
Never let your fears outweigh the love that God has for you. You were made to be loved.
By God, and by others.
Today, may we live as we were made to be. May we live in that awesome love and life of God.