Monday, May 23, 2016

See That No One Leads You Astray

This has been a weekend of meditating on “the end”. It is the end of the school year. Throughout our lives we have beginnings and endings of relationships. And, in God’s word, Jesus addresses the end times. This weekend, one of the pastors at the church we attend spoke about what Jesus discussed with his disciples in Matthew 24:1-14.
3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" 4 And Jesus answered them, "See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
(Matthew 24:3-14. ESV.)

When I was younger, the end of something often times brought a feeling of dread to my heart and my mind. It was the “unknown” and, to me, it was a little scary. Now that I am older, I realize a few things… 1. God will ALWAYS take care of me and my children! He is the provider of all things and all things are His servants (Psalm 119:91). 2. Sometimes the end of something is a very good thing! It should be celebrated, not feared or mourned. 3. There will come rest (2 Thess. 1:7).

Thank you, Lord, that there will come rest! Carry on, saints! And, for anyone interested in finding out more about God’s word and an eternity with Him, this blog is peppered with God’s word! Happy reading! Also, there is Youversion at!

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