That Day Is Coming
Read Luke Chapter 21
Lk 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
I hope you don’t mind if we continue with yesterday’s subject. These are also words from Jesus, as were yesterday’s passage. In this passage, He warns His listeners to be on guard. There is coming a day when it will be too late to repent. Judgment is a sure thing, out there somewhere in the future, and it will not go well for many. Jesus told the listeners to be careful. This fallen world is full of traps which threaten to take our attention away from things above. Those things can lure us away from the truth of God’s word.
He warns us against:
- Dissipation – The King James shows this word as “surfeiting.” It is defined as “the giddiness and headache resulting from excessive wine-bibbing, a drunken nausea” (Vines’s Complete Expository Dictionary). When a man has too much wine, he doesn’t think correctly. When we are thinking in our right minds, we will not let down our guard against false teachings. We will hold on to truth.
- Drunkenness – While this is basically the same as dissipation, I can see it as being the catalyst that leads us to dissipation. In order to avoid the muddled mind of dissipation, we must avoid those things which cause us to have muddled minds. There are many things which can lead us to think incorrectly. Let’s define that as “thinking like the world.” If we begin to seriously consider the musings of our current society, our minds will become cloudy, which can cause us to slowly take us away from God’s truth in His word.
- The anxieties of life – Man, this one hits home. I am often a worrier. Worrying can cause us to doubt God’s word and His faithfulness. As I watch my children and grandchildren negotiate this evil world, I am subject to worrying about their future. Lord, help me to trust You more, and know that You are watching over my children and grandchildren. There are many other problems of life which can cause us to doubt God and His promises.
We must constantly be on guard against these things which can take us away from God’s will and His purpose for our lives. All three things Jesus listed here can cause us to seek relief from our distress, and most of us will be more vulnerable to same-sex attractions if we do not think clearly, if we do things which bring about that kind of thinking, or if we get weighed down by the anxieties of life.
At the end of time, when we face God, none of the earthly things we have trusted in can give us aid and comfort. The only One who can do that is Jesus Christ, as He says to the Father, “This one belongs to Me.” There will be no Supreme Court, ACLU, governor, president, congress, to turn to for our help. Our sex partners will not be there to plead our case. The false teachers who are filling the pulpits of our churches today will provide no help. We can only rely upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If our trust is in Him and His work upon the cross, we will “escape all that is about to happen,” and we will be “able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Prayer: Thank You for the sure promise of eternal life with You. Thank You that we have come to rely upon You and You alone, when the end comes about. We place our trust and faith on You, and turn away from this world’s false promises.