Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Today’s Topic: Keep Looking For It
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:123 (NIV) My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.
Have you ever looked for something so hard and for so long that your eyes just wouldn’t stay open any longer? That happens to me many times when I’m at my computer. Don’t tell my office administrator, but there are times in the afternoon that I actually fall asleep in my chair because my eyes are so tired from reading and looking for truths as I study.
Last night after a long Elder meeting following a long day at my desk, I came home and sat next to Denise as we searched for the best deal on a hotel room for tonight. We are treating the three grandkids to a trip to the Mall of America. They’ve never been there. As we searched the hotel sights, my eyes were literally burning with exhaustion. Twice I got up from the couch to go to bed but sat back down at the urging of my wife. My eyes were failing looking for the right room when the right room was just a few steps away.
What bothers me a lot about this is that I can’t say that my eyes have ever failed because of constant looking for the return of Jesus. They have failed looking for the right car or house to buy. They have failed looking for the right vacation to take. They have failed looking for the right investment of retirement dollars. But when was the last time I put that much effort into looking for the return of Jesus? Can I remember even one day when I looked multiple times during that day for Jesus to come back?
What a sad confession I make. I, the pastor who loves prophecy, spend very little time actually anticipating the return of Jesus to complete my salvation. I think this is exactly what the Apostle Paul refers to in First Thessalonians 5.
2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. 4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
Eyes don’t fail during sleep, and we are mostly asleep when it comes to the expectation of the return of Jesus. Some of us are going to be surprised when it happens, but that is not what God intends. It should not surprise us because we constantly expect it and look for it. We are not surprised because we know when it will happen: we are not surprised because we know that it will happen.
No matter how the Devil tries,
Sinful pleasures to disguise,
Do not compromise.
Just open your eyes,
Keep constant watch on the skies,
Let His return not be a surprise.