1 Corinthians 7:29-31… “Now let me say this, dear brothers and sisters: The time that remains is very short . . . Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away” (NLT).
Paul, in these verses, borrows references from the acting stage. He uses expressions which describe the changing scenes of a drama as the curtains rise and fall on the successive acts of a play. He says “the form or fashion of this world is passing away.” That is, one act is passing away to make room for the next act. The time is short, Paul says, or the time is narrowed. The time for each act is predetermined and short. Soon the curtain will fall and rise on another act.
Scenes of life are always changing. Since the 9/11 incident, the world has changed. People have put their focus on earthshaking world events caused by war and terrorism or a falling economy, but Paul reminds us that our focus must be on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of our contentment and joy. The curtain has risen and fallen many times over the course of history. These changing scenes should never master us or control our focus. We need to let nonessentials go. Some of these rising curtains will bring disappointments, hurts, death, and sickness. Christ is the only essential thing in our life. As we walk further into these, the last days, safe ground for the believer is the result of daily communication with the Lord and listening carefully to what He says. Micah 6:8 reads, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (KJV)
WHAT WILL JESUS FIND?
Luke 18:8 reads, “But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?” (NLT) Jesus did not say, “When I find right doctrine” or “when I find big congregations or big religious buildings or prosperous Christians.” Faith and finding faith was more important. He is looking for people who believe, people who stick with Jesus through trials of every sort. Faith in God stands above any humanly derived system of beliefs even though that system may seem to be valid.
Isaiah 12:2… “For the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation” (KJV). This song is more than just music. It’s the wonderful word of God, it’s the melody of a believing heart, and it’s love in harmony with Jesus. David sang in Psalm 16:8-9, “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:22 prepared his people for battle with songs. God heard it and sent ambushes against the enemy. Paul and Silas, in the inner prison, sang songs of praise (Acts 16:25-26). God heard it and sent an earthquake, their chains fell off, and the prison doors opened. Nothing can block God’s favor and grace when He is the song in your heart.
Pastor George Belobaba
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