Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 17, 2018
Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. Jeremiah 51:46
Rumors can be relentless and drive us to restlessness. This is why it is imperative to listen to the Lord. The shifting sentiment of society is unpredictable, but God is the same. Rumors are the sport of people with too much time on their hands. They are the economic driver for some industries like the media, but do not be deceived or distracted by them.
The discerning choose to reject rumors outright or selectively listen only to the soft murmur of truth that may be represented. Jesus said we would become a rumor-crazed culture in the last days. “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come” (Mark 13:7).
There are rumors of possible terrorist attacks. There are rumors of government corruption. There are rumors of someone’s infidelity. There are rumors of layoffs. There are rumors of job eliminations. There are rumors of mass firings. There are rumors of mergers. There are rumors of forced retirement. There are rumors that God is dead. Rumors relentlessly rain down on us, creating fear and worry.
We seem to enjoy rumors because they are tantalizing to the tongue. We want to know the juicy details, even though it is none of our business. Rumors feed our pride and get us focused on issues which are either out of our control or even non-existent. Instead, rest in the “rumor” of Christ’s return. Though we do not know the day or hour, we can prepare for His glorious return.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” (Mark 13:32–33).
Your conscience can be clear while you wait for the Lord’s return. He may return today, tomorrow, or in the distant future. It is contingent on fulfilled prophecy, and ultimately it is at God’s discretion. But you can rest in the reassurance of Christ’s return. Indeed, His imminent return has been rumored over the past two thousand years. “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).
The Lord’s return is a righteous rumor that will occur. When other worthless rumors assail you, rest in the certainty of Christ’s return. Be ready for Him. Live like He might come tomorrow. Spend your money and time in preparation for the return of our reigning King Jesus. Rest in the Lord, not in restless rumors. Be ready for the rumor of His return.
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matthew 24:44).
Heavenly Father, I pray for ears to hear Your heart and not to be distracted by rumors and innuendoes that lead to unproductive energy, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Do I live as if the Lord’s return is imminent? Do I rest in Him in spite of other rumors?
Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2
Rest in the Lord’s love, not in restless rumors. #WisdomHunters #rumors
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