Tomorrow is in God’s hands

November 12, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
(Matthew 24:7 (NIV))

All throughout history since Jesus ascended into Heaven, man has thought that His return was going to be in their lifetime. We cannot know exactly when He will return, but we can know the season.

War has been on the increase since 1900. It has been reported that there have been more ethnic wars and major wars this century than in any time before. The famines that have hit Africa are the worst in recorded history. In any given week, it is probably safe to say that there have been at least three major earthquakes throughout the world. It is reported that there have been more earthquakes this century than ever before. It is also reported that the frequency of these earthquakes is increasing. Just as birth pains increase in frequency and strength before child birth, so to are the “birth pains” that the world is experiencing before the return of Christ.

We may not live to see His return, yet the signs are obvious. The season is upon us and the time is getting closer. Jesus may return for His true church next week, next month, next year or next century. God did not say how long the “birth pains” would last before Jesus returns. God did say that at a certain point in those birth pains, the antichrist would arise and then there would be a last period of seven years before Jesus returns to put an end to sin.

All we can do is pray for God’s will to be done in our lives and in the world and be ready for whatever today may bring. Tomorrow is in God’s hands.

Are you in touch with the frequency of wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes? Is it time for us, as believers, to call for the Great Physician to come?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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A very special house call

August 6, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and `sinners’?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
(Mark 2:15-17 (NIV))

Do you remember a time when doctors used top make house calls? This usually meant that the patient was too sick to go into the doctor’s office and the doctor had to go to the patient’s home. This meant that the doctor would go directly to the point of greatest need.

Consider Jesus as the ultimate physician on earth. He was sent by God the Father to call the dying to Himself. Does a doctor stand in the street and call to those who are in need of his healing knowledge? He goes directly to the point of need. Does a doctor visit places of athletic ability and physical health if he is determined to bring healing to those in need? He goes where his knowledge and abilities can be utilized to the benefit of those in need.

Jesus, as the great physician, came to those who are in need.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

We are all sinners. We are all sick to the point of death. Jesus came for those who are sick from sin.

He came for all of us!

Have you allowed Jesus to make a house call?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
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Great Physician

January 6, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
(Mark 2:17 (NIV))

Have you ever heard someone say that when they get their life straightened out they will start going to church?

Jesus knew better than this. He literally told his critics that. His critics were the ones who were supposedly in good “health.” If you stop to think about what Jesus said, he basically stated that you don’t have to get your life straightened out to follow Him. Just as a person who is sick will seek out a doctor, a person who is a sinner should seek out Jesus.

For those who may be thinking, “I go to church. I am a good person,” I know that we all need Jesus, yet, Jesus came to reach out to all.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23 (NIV))

He came to reach out to those who were considered unreachable. He associated with sinners of all types. Prostitutes, tax collectors, and many more called Jesus friend, teacher and Savior. They did not wait until their lives were straightened out. They met Jesus and through His power, they began to change.

Think about this and the next time you hear someone say that when they get their life straightened out they will start to go to church, ask them one simple question.

When you are sick, do you wait until you are well before you go to the doctor?

It is at this point that you can tell them about the “Great Physician.”

I know that we all like to think of ourselves as healthy, but don’t let pride keep you from Jesus.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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