Now think of the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and greenish, as soon as it begins to sprout leaves, you know to expect summer. In the same way, when you see the wars and the suffering and the false liberators and the desolation, you will know the Son of Man is near—right at the door. Matthew 24:32-33
Don’t be worried with evil workers
or envy the gains of people with all-wrong-upside-down ways.
Soon enough they will wither like grass,
like green herbs fading in summer’s heat.
Believe in the Eternal, and do what is good—
live in the land He provides; roam, and rest in God’s faithfulness.
Take great joy in the Eternal!
His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!
Commit your path to the Eternal; let Him direct you.
Put your confidence in Him, and He will follow through with you.
He will spread out righteousness for you
as a sunrise spreads radiance over the land;
He will deliver justice for you into the light of the high sun.
Be still. Be patient. Expect the Eternal to arrive and set things right.
Don’t get upset when you see the worldly ones rising up the ladder.
Don’t be bothered by those who are anchored in wicked ways.
So turn from anger. Don’t rage,
and don’t worry—these ways frame the doorway to evil.
Besides, those who act from evil motives will be cut off from the land;
but those who wait, hoping in the Eternal, will enjoy its riches.
You’ll see . . . the wicked won’t know what hit them;
you’ll blink, and they’ll be gone;
you’ll go out looking for them, but you won’t find them.
But the humble-hearted will inherit the land;
they will take pleasure in its peace and enjoy its abundance.
How that wicked man devises evil against God’s righteous ones!
He grits his teeth, consumed by hate for the upright.
But oh, how the Lord laughs at him!
He knows the wicked man will get his; the day is coming. Psalm 37:1-13
I don’t know about you but I can get really wrapped up, fearful and anxious about all the trouble in the world. Lately I have tried to offset that by thinking about the promises our Lord has made to us about His return.
At the end of it all we walk this walk by faith. Faith that God will bring about what He promises. Faith that there is a better day coming. Sometimes in the midst of the confusion and evil we forget this. In this post I want to draw my attention and yours back to the promises and the warnings. Jesus will return and set things right! The day is coming.
On the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter;
Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here.
He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
1 Corinthians 1:8
Do not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:25
So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:7
The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night; and on that day, the sky will vanish with a roar, the elements will melt with intense heat, and the earth and all the works done on it will be seen as they truly are.
2 Peter 3:10
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
1 John 4:17
It is one thing to believe, to have faith in these promises and warnings but what do we do in the meantime? How should we live as we wait for the day of the Lord’s return or for the day we return home? We find the answer in Psalm 37
Don’t worry about or be envious of the wicked
Believe in God and do what is good
Live in the land he provides
Rest in God’s faithfulness
Take great joy in Him
Commit your path to Him
Put your confidence in Him
Expect God to set things right
Turn away from anger