Today is filled with so much media hype: End of the world, date with the devil, the issue of same sex marriage, betting on the end of the world; if some one bets $100 and the world ends they win 10 million dollars. And there is also a great celebration in Hell, Michigan glorifying 666.
Children of God have nothing to fear-Fear Not: I have overcome the world. Even Jesus did not know when the world would end but the Father does. In this context today’s Morning prayer offers a plenteous food for thought and consideration from the Book of Ezekiel 36:22-28.
See how the Lord God wants to prove to us His fidelity not because of us, but becasue of Himself.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
Because He is Holy, He will not have His name profaned before the nations. He will not let the devil profane His mighty name. And then he gives us these Words of life:
24 ” ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
So if the world should end, so be it. We will be glad that we are with Him. But I am sure the Almighty will not allow Satan to have his victory on this day that has been attributed to the devil by the world.
Whether the world ends today or not, no one knows but the Father. But the world will end someday when Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. In the meantime, what the Lord requires of us is:
you will be my people, and I will be your God.
.When the Son of Man returns will he find enough faith in the world. Let us hold to God and holiness and discount the devil.
It reminds us of Christopher Marlowe’s play Dr. Faustus.There are too many Dr.Faustuses who fool around with the devil and make the mistake of entering into a pact with the devil, as Dr. Faustus did by selling his soul to the devil, in exchange for his thirst for knowledge and power.
Each night before we retire to rest, we need to ask ourselves: Am I ready to meet my God? This answer implies a life of fidelity and holiness to Him and Him alone: Holiness of the daily grind reflected in a fidelity to His commandments.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
We are living on borrowed times. There is still time left for His mercy. As they say,”Let us make hay while the sun shines”. Let us mend our lives and return to God while His mercy is still in avaiable in abundance.