The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Things change. We all know that. We can resist it but it still happens. Some change is for the better and we anticipate it with great hope and yet even the most desired change is not without its difficulties.
Yesterday it snowed in my city. It was our first big snowfall of the season. While on November 17 it is not usual to get snow, I think it was the rapidness of Winter's arrival that surprised us. We felt the coldness of the season and now we saw the snow and knew that Winter is already near. This is much like this verse: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. We can see for ourselves and know. See. for. ourselves. When change happens it's almost like we need to see for ourselves to believe it. When I looked out the window this morning, I sighed and I told my husband and he came to look too. When Conrad made sure the kids were up and getting ready, they had to check out the winter view too. We seem to need to see it for ourselves to believe it.
What will that change be like when Jesus does fulfil the prophecy of returning. He did tell us that He would. He did tell us that we need to be ready for it. He did tell us that my words will not pass away. That change of God's design is coming. The signs are there.
What’s the point? The point is simply this. You were saved by the living and abiding Word. It will not fail in your salvation. It does not fail to save, nor will it fail in your glorification. The Word of God is the same true abiding unassailable, unchanging truth when it speaks of the future as when it speaks of the present or of the past. You were saved through the living and abiding Word and you will be brought to glory through that same living abiding Word. Whatever God says is absolutely the way it is, whether He speaks of salvation, or sanctification, or glorification. And we look forward to the unfolding of this.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 21:34-36