Focus Bible Verse: Luke 21:25-26 (NLT)
26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Today’s devotional explores the gloomy events that will precede Jesus’s return and how Christians should respond. To give context to our focus verse for today (Luke 21:25-26), let’s read some verses before and after the focus verse.
23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. 24 They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.
25 And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory.
28 So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!
To further understand Luke 21:25-26, let’s read more cross-reference verses –
The heavens will be black above them; the stars will give no light. The sun will be dark when it rises, and the moon will provide no light.
Life Lessons and Actions for Today
Based on Luke 21:25-26 and all the reference verses above, here are the lessons and actions for today’s devotional:
The Bible’s description of some of the events leading up to Jesus’s return is very gloomy, sometimes scary.
After all, how do you describe the feelings these words create:
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken“. (Luke 21:25-26)
Before Jesus’s second coming, the world as we know it will change dramatically, but not in a good way. NETBinble.org offers some insight into these 2 verses. According to their footnotes on Luke 21:25-26, “This could also refer to complete discouragement because of fear, leading people to give up hope“.
This doesn’t sound good at all. But how should Christians respond to this knowledge, now and when it happens (for those of us that will be around when these events start unfolding)? Luke 21:28 is clear about how Christians should respond:
“So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!“. In essence, Jesus says that when these bad things strike the whole world – when fear grips everybody around you, you should expect your final redemption.
Yes, the events described will be bad for the whole world. However, for you, it spells a good thing. And you should rejoice, and not pannic!
Prayer Guide for Today
Lord Jesus, I accept Your Word as the truth. I believe in Your return and I thank you for your promise of eternity with You. Amen!
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