Posts Tagged 'left behind'

Online Devotionals: 05

People Get Ready
Verses to Read: 1 Thes. 4:13-28
When I became a follower of Jesus, I was taught that God was going to “vanish” all of the people of God at any given moment… and that if you weren’t ready to go, you’d be left behind. This was a teaching that was originally designed to give hope, but because it was based in fear, it ended up causing more anxiety than hope.
Paul was dealing with people who were being told wrong things about the final Ressurection in Thessolonika as well. To give them hope, he spelled out the “final countdown” of how God would rescue all of the people of the Kingdom. It’s very simple, and doesn’t have a lot of date-specific details. MUCH more hopeful.

I need to remember that God WILL rescue all of us who are part of the Kingdom – and to do whatever I can to encourage as many as possible to be a part of that Kingdom as well. But GOD is the one who does the rescue; I’m just doing my small part, and staying hopeful.

Closing Prayer: Lord God, come quickly. But if you choose to wait, please use me to expand your Kingdom while I’m waiting for You. Amen.

Showing my age: “It’s the Final Countdown!” (from the band Europe)

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