If you watch the news or are on any kind of social media, I’m sure you’ve heard of Hurricane Florence. The hurricane-force winds covered more than 15,000 square miles, and rainfall reached 40 inches in some areas.
People living in the path of the storm had been preparing for days; they trusted meteorologists for updates and experts on what supplies to gather and how to evacuate. After the storm made landfall, you can bet that there was no time wasted with all the arrangements and planning.
This passage today also takes place before a dramatic event. Actually, this point in the Bible is the beginning of perhaps the most dramatic event in Scripture, the Second Coming of Christ. The praise is not just for the destruction of Babylon previously in this book. The rejoicing occurring is resounding praise for God because of His triumph over sin itself, and the upward trend of the rest of history. They are worshipping not just because of past events, but also because of what they know is coming: the second coming of our Savior and the ultimate defeat of Satan.
When we know a storm is coming, we get ready for it. We buy all the eggs, milk, and bread we can get our hands on. We put new batteries in flashlights and make sure we have an evacuation plan. But are we planning for Christ’s return?
Some questions for you to reflect on:
Are you living as if Jesus was coming today?
Are you trusting that the Bible is true and trusting what it says will happen?
What does the Lord want to accomplish through you before His return?
By: Kaitlin White — East Campus Preschool Director