In yesterday’s post, Riots and the Need a Heart Transplant, we looked at the need for Spiritual Rebirth in America. Today I want to look at the heart’s of the Remnant, those God has chosen and already calls His won.
The 21st Chapter of Luke beginning in verse 5 Jesus is foretelling future events:
Luke 21:5-6 Foretells destruction of Temple
Luke 21:7-19 Asked about signs of coming destruction, Jesus relates the troubles to come and why not to fear them and have confidence to persevere
Luke 21:20-24 Foretells the complete destruction of Jerusalem
Luke 21:25-28 This must have upset some, here is Jesus speaking to them about His second coming, bringing final redemption.
Luke 21:29-33 This must have confused even more, in the midst of all this prophecy Jesus calmly throws in a parable. I want to emphasize verse 33, “till all things take place” this often overlooked phrase is key that all of what Jesus has said, the Whole of Scripture must happen before His second coming.
BREAKDOWN / APPLICATION:
In context the passage is of course speaking of guarding ourselves against lawlessness (sin) while awaiting Christ’s return. Also since no one knows the date and time of His return we are to constantly be watchful and in prayer.
Considering the current events in America I would like to take some leeway here and break this down with application to what is happening today:
v.34 But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with [h]carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
Take heed or watch out, a lot is happening and if we do not guard our hearts we can easily be consumed with the cares of this life. Not only could Christ’s return come upon you (us) unexpectedly but so could the calamities of the world around us. A Christian needs to be prepared daily to do battle. We are all soldiers in God’s Army that is why He gave us Armor Ephesians 6:10-20.
v.35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
The imagery of a snare is significant as it imposes upon the mind something swift unexpected and dangerous. The victim is wholly unprepared for the trap. So too those who do not stay “Armored Up” with their Hearts Guarded closely will be lulled into a lax state and fall victim to the snares of the world. How easy is it to let our anger boil at the violence we see on TV, share some half truth on social media or worry that God has forsaken us?
v.36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may [i]be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The old expression, The Best Defense is a Good Offense may not always be applicable in all situations but I think we can readily apply it here. Sitting back and waiting for the enemy to come and attack a well defended position is from a military tactics point of view normally okay. It takes a minimum 3 to 1 attacking force advantage to have any hope of success. Note I said a well defended position, and even then the defensive perimeter must be maintained and reinforced regularly.
How are we is these trouble times going guard our hearts in order to battle the cares of the world, the attacks of Satan and be prepared for Christ’s return? First we ae called to be ever watchful and to pray, and pray some more and then pray even more. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 calls us to pray without ceasing, in other words make prayer an every event thing. So much a part of our lives that we do it both consciously and subconsciously.