THE END OF ALL THINGS


"The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" ( Peter 4:7-10, NASB)

Devotion 7 of  10


IT IS TIME TO AWAKE

The Lord summons His people to awaken from spiritual slumber! The time is short, requiring alertness and vigilance. "And this KNOWING THE TIME, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is ALMOST GONE, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts" (Rom 10:11-14, NASB).

This exhortation is based upon believers' awareness of the time: "knowing the time." This is no time for spiritual sluggishness or sleep. It is inexcusable for professed believers to be ignorant of the period in which they are living. The time of obscurity is drawing to a close! "The night is almost gone!" 

You cannot look at this from a linguistic point of view, or with an academic perspective! This is addressed to faith, not to calculating intellect! It is not intended to arouse the desire to count years and calculate time tables! This is "an hour" for alertness and spiritual sensitivity! "The end of all things is AT HAND!" It is most foolish to take a word like that and run to the dictionary for definitions, or a calculator to indulge in mathematical computations. Neither, indeed, is it in order to take such a sobering word and begin to philosophize about the possibilities of such a thing being in our time. There is not a syllable in the expression "the end of all things is at hand" that would encourage such responses.

"The day is at hand!" the day of the Lord's return, the day of the new heavens and the new earth, the day of judgment! Do not reason within yourself that this is true of every generation, and therefore has no special applicability to you! These are the words of the Spirit, and they are designed to bring you into accord with the manner of the Kingdom. "The end of all things is at hand!" The word is fully intended for all generations, all believers, all time. It is a word to promote alertness, vigilance, and the highest level of sobriety.

Every deed that is promoted by spiritual ignorance and aloofness from God is to be abandoned! Believers, "knowing the time," are to arm themselves with spiritual light, being discerning of the things of God.  This is not the time for self-indulgence, loose living, and friction with our brethren! "The end of all things is at hand!"

Indeed, it is possible to be ignorant of the times, and therefore miss the blessing. It was so with Jerusalem, when they were visited with the Dayspring from on high. Hear the lament of the Savior! "For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, BECAUSE YOU DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE TIME of your visitation" (Luke 19:43-44, NASB). Here Jesus declared the destruction of the "holy city" – because they were unaware they had been visited by the Lord of glory! Their ignorance was judged. They did not know the time!

The parallel is unmistakable! If the day of the Lord is "NEARER THAN WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED," we had better be able to discern it. If it does not seem nearer, then we have fallen asleep– because it IS nearer. It is not only "nearer" from the standpoint of fulfillment, it is also "nearer" from the outlook of godly desire! Preaching and teaching must reflect this perspective! The people of God must not be addressed as though homes, marriage, institution building, planting and reaping, and getting gain, were uninterruptible realities! They are not! "The end of all things is at hand!"

PRAYER POINT: Father, in the name of Jesus, give me eyes to see the significance of the times, a heart to consistently long for the end of all things, and ears to hear Your solemn warnings.

-- Tomorrow: THE COMING OF THE LORD --