Written by His Grace,
Kevin K. O’Connor
Main thought: to examine the importance of looking ahead and preparing today for tomorrow.
Foresight not Hindsight
Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 22 In context: Proverbs 22:2-4)
Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 27 In context: Proverbs 27:11-13)
Here again our Lord repeats a Truth so it would probably do us good to pay close attention. There is coming a day, just as it happened before it is going to happen again; Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Whole Chapter: Acts 1 In context: Acts 1:10-12) Christ is returning for His Bride and we need to be ready. Our Lord does not want us to be unprepared for His rapture or the catching away of His Bride. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. One of the characteristics of God’s heart we need today is vigilance. The only problem with making our flesh content is that it tends to put our vigilance right out the window. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (Whole Chapter: 1 Thessalonians 5 In context: 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4) First off we need to look at the definition of vigilance. According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary vigilance is the state of being vigilant which is defined as;
Main Entry: vig·i·lant
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin vigilant-, vigilans, from present participle of vigilare to keep watch, stay awake, from vigil awake
Date: 15th century
: alertly watchful especially to avoid danger
synonym see WATCHFUL
- vig·i·lant·ly adverb
Our natural tendency though is that when our flesh is content, we like to take it easy and rest on our accomplishments. We need to learn how to bring our bodies under the control of the Holy Spirit and not vice versa like the Apostle Paul in the following verses; 1 Corinthians 9 26Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
So, if our tendency is to get lazy when all is well, then that is the time we need to rise up and fight the more diligently. We need to examine our own hearts so that they will pass the examination that will be done by God our Father; 1 Corinthians11:30-32 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. 32When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. What a comfort verse 32 is. It just goes to show us that He disciplines His own and I’d much rather suffer my Dad’s discipline than not be His to be disciplined! It seems that all of us have to battle the flesh’s desire to rest and take it easy. Oh, how it loves to be pampered and soothed. Wouldn’t it be great if life were so easy! Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where we didn’t need to make weapons to protect our liberties and freedoms? Wouldn’t it be great to live in a world where we never had to go to war to protect the right to worship and serve God as we desired? Sure it would be, but the sad truth is that this world is not redeemed yet and until it is we need to either remain vigilant, or else realize that our lives will be consumed by satan and his desires for our life. Christ told us to look to the ant and consider her ways. My first thought was to only paste the verse here that has to do about the ant, but after reading the many scriptures about laziness and how destructive it is I couldn’t resist the desire to paste them all. So here they are; Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 6 In context: Proverbs 6:5-7) Proverbs 6:9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 6 In context: Proverbs 6:8-10) Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 10 In context: Proverbs 10:25-27) Proverbs 13:4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 13 In context: Proverbs 13:3-5) Proverbs 15:19 The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 15 In context: Proverbs 15:18-20) Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth! (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 19 In context: Proverbs 19:23-25) Proverbs 20:4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 20 In context: Proverbs 20:3-5) Proverbs 21:25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 21 In context: Proverbs 21:24-26) Proverbs 22:13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside!" or, "I will be murdered in the streets!" (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 22 In context: Proverbs 22:12-14)
God bless the individuals who have learned the joy and rewards of hard work. God is pleased with those who have learned to be an over comer rather than one who is constantly overcome. There will no shame in death to those who labored with all their hearts as unto the Lord. One of these days it (death) may take the shells that have kept our feet anchored to this old earth, but God is well pleased with every person who have learned the joys of discipline. Let us always keep our hearts and eyes fixed on the reason why we labor, for His Glory, Honor, and Praise so that when we see Him, all of our labor may be rewarded. Praise God for the tender hearts of Moms who know how to soothe our hurts and praise Him also for the fire of labor He puts in the hearts of Dads to provide for their families. May we all realize there is coming an hour and soon that Christ is returning for His bride and we need to have our lamps trimmed and burning brightly so that He will be Glorified and we will have no reason to be ashamed.
May He give us the foresight to see now lest we’re left behind to go through the wrath of the Father’s heart against a world that has refused His Son, the Savior of our souls. But even if we find ourselves having been left behind to go through the great tribulation, still better to suffer and die then compared to suffering and dying eternally apart from Him. Revelations 7:9-17 9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 11All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" 13Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes--who are they, and where did they come from?" 14I answered, "Sir, you know." 15And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." So Lord, please teach us to prepare our hearts as the church of Philadelphia You spoke to in Revelations 3:10-13 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Father, Thank You for the Beauty of Your Word and the urgent hour that is at hand. Please prepare our hearts for Your Son’s wedding feast. May You keep us from the wrath that is coming soon upon this world. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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