Slightly Obsessed #047 "Why The World Has Not Ended" (Weekly Devo) by Pamela Thorson on 2013-10-09 13:16:06
In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:3, 4
There is blood in the streets, in the homes, in the land. During the twenty-year-old war in Syria, more than 100,000 people have died, and over 2 million Syrians have fled to nearby countries. There appears to be no hint of resolution as the region rages with hate.
In the neighboring countries, believers living there share what they have with the refugees. Teams of Christians share medical supplies, spiritual help, and the Gospel with the displaced Syrians.
They used to be called “infidels.” Now they are often referred to as the “Bible People.”
Despite the dangers of being a Christian in these countries, these persecuted people continue to faithfully reach out to the hurting. Because of their faithful witness, thousands of Muslim refugees have accepted Christ as their Savior.*
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9
In the heart of Africa, the Lemba Tribe practices ancient rituals. Their skin is black, but DNA testing has confirmed this tribe in Zimbabwe to be descendants of the priestly Jewish tribe of Levi. Jewish Voice Ministries International reports that through their medical clinic outreach, more than 5,000 members of the Lemba Tribe have become believers in the last year, embracing Jesus as their Messiah.**
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14
Around the world, we see the brutal evidence of dark forces at work. But our favorite news show probably won’t report the great harvest being brought in at this midnight hour. Christ is still about His Father’s business, the Head and great communicator to millions of cells who are His hands and feet, hard at work establishing a kingdom of hearts united in praise to the Creator.
And what a harvest it is! What a bountiful return on the investment of God’s Spirit to His fields!
Sometimes it feels like Jesus Christ will never come back for us. Believers have hoped for over two thousand years to see His beautiful face, to hear the cry of victory announcing His return. His apparent slowness is not because He doesn’t care, but because He loves the world so much, He hates to send anyone to destruction.
So He labors in those white fields, bringing in all who will come before the door closes forever.
The fields are white. The harvest is in full swing. The end is coming.
*From information provided by Voice of the Martyrs.
**From information provided by Jewish Voice Ministries International
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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