Do you long for His return?

May 16, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NIV))

What is on your mind and in your heart?

Do you love the world so much that you forget about Jesus, or do you long for His return? Do you grow tired of seeing the sin that runs freely everywhere you look, or do you see the things of this world and find yourself wanting to participate? Do you long for righteousness and peace or do you dread hearing anything to do with God and His Word?

It is a matter of your personal priorities!

I recently have seen several people who speak about our desires to see Jesus. Most of them have presented a very interesting point with respect to what the church is calling the rapture. I am not going to get into the pre, mid and post arguments, but rather the honest desires of our hearts. Many of these people are espousing a point of view that states that only those who are earnestly waiting for His return will be raptured. I want you to consider two people from the time when Jesus was born. Simeon was a very devout and righteous man. Anna was an old woman who spent all of her time at the temple. Both Simeon and Anna longed to see the coming of the Messiah. In the midst of a nation who was trying to find the Messiah, these two people apparently lived this desire full time and as a result of their longing, they were allowed to witness what they longed for.

I cannot begin to say that I know how God will work, but I do know that, based on His previous track record, He reveals Himself to those who earnestly and fervently seek Him.

With this in mind, do you need to reevaluate your priorities? Do you need to take a long, hard look at your heart and take a look at the thoughts that fill your mind? If God will rapture only those who earnestly long to see Jesus, where does that leave you?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Is Jesus the desire of your heart?

June 4, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
(Luke 2:28-32 (NIV))

Simeon waited all of his life to see what God had promised he would see. He had waited a very long time to see his salvation. He was an old man. He was willing to wait for the one thing that he desired above all else. He wanted to see his Savior.

You have heard people say that they could die in peace because they had seen something, or been given something, or had accomplished something that they wanted to happen before they died. What they accomplished was central to their lives. It was who they were. Simeon was a faithful man. Simeon was faithful in his desires. He was so faithful that God promised that Simeon would see what he longed to see before he died. Simeon wanted nothing more than to see God’s anointed one. He saw Jesus! He could die in peace.

Simeon knew who he held even though Jesus was a baby. Simeon had waited for this moment. He prayed for God to send His Messiah. Simeon, through being able to see Jesus, knew that God’s promised plan had become a reality.

How long are you willing to wait for God to fulfill a promise? Do you give up after a few short hours? Perhaps you are able to wait a few days. Maybe you are one who will make it a few months or a few years. Would you have the faith to wait as long as Simeon waited? Would you give up and seek other rewards? Simeon waited because it was the desire of his heart to see the Messiah.

Are you willing to wait to see Jesus? Is He the desire of your heart?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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