Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Coming of Our Lord

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
As for all folk of wicked ways,
let them be overthrown;
but guard the just, O God, to whom
the hearts of both are known.
 —Psalm 7:9
Suggested tune: Belmont (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.
—2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I know you will tell me, “many people say that the world will end in a few years; is it not written that the Bridegroom comes quickly?” Yes, but remember that eighteen hundred years ago it was written that he would come quickly, and there have been prophets in all ages who have concluded from this that the end was near, while many believers have been like the Thessalonians, to whom Paul wrote: “As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.” We have been instructed by certain pretended expositors to expect the time of the end for the last seven years, and yet it is possible that it may not arrive for the next seventy thousand years. Perhaps human history, as yet written, is but the first stanza of a wondrous poem, which shall be unfolded page by page for many an age to come, and it may be possible far more rapturous strains of divine mercy and grace in the conversion of men are yet to be read by angels and glorified spirits. If it be so it will still be true that he comes quickly, for what will time be compared with eternity? Even if the space taken up by written history be not a few thousand years, but sixty thousand times six thousand years, yet it will be but as a drop of a bucket compared with the years of the right hand of the Most High, the lifetime of the Ancient of Days. Fight on hopefully, brothers and sisters, and be not distressed with rumors of times and seasons, but believe this: that God is, in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world unto himself, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Make me ready Lord, to meet you at your coming; yet give me patience until that day...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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