Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
(John 14:1-4 (NIV))
This passage presents several questions for those who profess a faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Your answers may surprise you!
First, I need to lay a little ground work. If you are familiar with traditional Jewish weddings, once the bride was betrothed, or engaged, the bridegroom would then go back to his father’s house and start to build or prepare a room for he and his bride. When the room was finished, he would come for his bride. This is reflected in the parable of the lamps and the oil. No one knew the day or the hour the bridegroom would come for his bride. She simply knew that at some point in time, he would return for her.
Does this sound familiar? It sounds identical to the promises that Jesus made to His bride, the body of believers.
Do you trust in God?
Do you trust in Jesus?
Do you firmly believe that Jesus is preparing a place for you?
Do you know beyond doubt that Jesus will return for you?
I want you to think about the following passage and what it has to say in regard to those who are not ready.
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. `Sir! Sir!’ they said. `Open the door for us!’
“But he replied, `I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’
(Matthew 25:10-12 (NIV))
One last and very important question for you!
If you believe and answered “Yes” to the previous questions, and you are not ready, what does that tell you will happen?
Are you ready for the return of Jesus?