Look Up!

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh Luke 21:28

Recently, I noticed that the door to my linen closet was open.  For a few minutes, I tried, unsuccessfully, to close it. I pick up an item which had fallen to the floor and tried once more to close the door.  Nothing happened.  Something else was hindering my progress.  I kept looking at the floor, trying to figure out why the door would not close. However, I was in a bit of a hurry, so I walked away, deciding to deal with the matter some other time. 

Later that morning, as I once again walked by the linen closet, I saw the cause of the problem!  Earlier, in my haste to find a solution, I kept looking down instead of up. A bed spread on the top shelf had shifted, and was preventing me from closing the closet door.

My take away from that experience? When you are faced with a difficult situation, look up!

Jesus told the disciples that many scary things would happen in the last days.  We see some of these things happening today, including unusual weather patterns, lack of love among brothers, nations fighting against nations, diseases, persecution of the believers, and the list goes on.

Jesus instructions to His disciples were, “look up, and lift up your heads”.

As believers, we all face struggles of some sort.  Paul refers to them in 2 Corinthians 4:17 as “passing afflictions”, “light, momentary affliction”. The Apostle was not belittling the believer’s suffering, for he too had suffered greatly for the cause of Christ. See 2 Corinthians 11:23-33.

Paul however saw the tribulations of the believers as something to rejoice about, for the troubles faced by believers are preparing us for what Paul refers to as “an eternal glory” that will make all our troubles seem like child’s play. Therefore as the Amplified version of Luke 21:28 states “Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”

When our troubles come, and they will come, let us “stand firm… fully prepared, immovable, victorious” (Ephesians 6: 13), and look to the Lord for direction. 

Like me, many persons fail to look up when faced with a difficulty. Instead, we seek for the solutions to our problems in familiar methods or ways. These methods actually work, but often only after numerous trial and errors, headaches and heart aches. However, when we pause for a moment, quieten our minds and hearts, as we look to our Heavenly Father, the Solver of all Mysteries, for direction, we can face our challenges in faith, confidence, joy and victory, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will be ours. God bless you.

Prayer:  Father, we thank you for always being with us.  Today Lord we pray that as we bring our various requests to You, You hear the prayer of Your servants and answer. Amen

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