It’s a Guarantee!!

“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)

We all love guarantees. We like to know that things will “live up” to what they are supposed to live up to. It is rare to see someone buy a new car without a warranty, and most products carry some type of a guarantee. Over the course of the last few days college football has started again (although I am sure most of us recognize that) and our own Pell City Panthers started the regular season on Thursday night at Hueytown. Many of us look forward to this time of year so that we can watch our favorite team on the gridiron every Saturday through November. Others will look forward to this time of year because the colors in the leaves will begin to change. Although many of the nights recently have gotten crisper and cooler, that will continue and we will have cool crisp mornings in no time.

This time of year doesn’t come around because of college football, or high school football, or even because we like the changes in the colors of the leaves, or the cool crisp days and nights. This time of year comes around because of a promise that God has made. God has promised that as long as the earth remains we will continue to have seasons (Genesis 8:22), and we can see that God has not failed to keep His promise. God has also promised that the world will not continue forever. Paul describes this scene: “for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thess 4:16). So while we have the promise of seasons here on this earth, we also have the promise from God that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, and the earth will at one time be “burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

So what then? In Matthew chapter twenty-five Jesus relates a parable in which there are five wise and five foolish virgins. Those whom Jesus identifies as wise are the ones which were prepared by bringing enough oil for their lamps to last until the bridegroom came; those who were identified as foolish brought oil, but the amount they brought was not enough to last until the bridegroom came. While the foolish virgins went to retrieve more oil, the bridegroom did come, and the “door was shut” (Matt 25:10). The whole purpose of the parable is to remind us that God has made a promise that “no man knows the day or the hour” (Matt 24:36) when the Lord shall return. Just as God has promised the seasons, He has also promised a home in Heaven for those who are prepared for Heaven. Enjoy the seasons God has given to us, and all the beauties of this earth. But above all, be prepared for Heaven.

Ande Z

Activities:
09/15 – Devo at Tim and Flora’s
09/16 – Area Wide at Hoover church of Christ
09/21-09/22 – Six Flags and Camp Ineghi

 

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