Daily Readings & Thought for the Day (June 2nd) “… TO SAVE THOSE WHO …”
Today’s readings.. (Joshua 19), (Isaiah 25), (Hebrews 8,9)
Let us link up the closing words of our reading in Hebrews (ch.9) “Christ … will appear a second time … to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” with the words God gave to Isaiah, in today’s ch. 25, which we referred to yesterday. This describes the time when God “will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth …” It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him … let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” [v.8,9]
How eagerly are we waiting? Is the world around us full of ways of living that attract us, things that largely or fully occupy our minds? Yes, we have to live in the world and earn our living, but are we keenly interested in the vision God’s word provides for us that goes far beyond the present materialistic way of thinking and doing?
We are forced to admit that this computer communication age, which is very helpful in many ways, is also very distracting – do we need to allow it to be totally distracting? The more our minds feed on God’s word the more we will be attracted to that word. In that coming day, the LORD tells us through Isaiah, the redeemed will say, “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you … for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure … Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.” [v.1,3]
At that time those who have been “eagerly waiting” and showing this by their priorities in life will “be glad and rejoice”. Peter in his 1st epistle, which we will soon read, expresses this powerfully, “Though you do not now see him, you believe him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith …” [1 Pet. 1 v.8,9] Imagine the joy? Imagine the glory?
Finally, note the point Paul made earlier in Hebrews ch. 9! “How much more will the blood of Christ who … offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” [v.14] If we do not sense our progress in that purifying and, as a result, serving, then we have to ask ourselves, ‘Do I genuinely belong to Christ?’