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Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.

There are certain events in created reality that are destined to occur, but not before certain other events are played out. A butterfly will eventually emerge from its chrysalis, but not before a butterfly egg hatches into a caterpillar and the caterpillar forms itself into the chrysalis. A salmon will eventually lay its eggs in a stream, but not before it has attained maturity in the ocean and has swum up the stream. A farmer will eventually reap a harvest, but not before he plows the land, plants, and fertilizes the crop.

It's the same with the coming of the Lord. It is destined to occur, but not before certain other events are played out. Jesus' prophecy that the gospel must be preached "to the ends of the earth" must be fulfilled (Acts 1:8). The church, the bride of the Lamb, must make herself ready (Revelation 19:7). And the "man of lawlessness" must be revealed; the man "doomed to destruction" (II Thessalonians 2:1-3). There are a many other events that must occur as well.

Given the temporal structure of created reality, you have to wait for its various events to play themselves out. You can't rush the processes. You can't catch a butterfly for your collection before it emerges from the chrysalis. You can't gather salmon eggs for the dinner table before they're laid. And you can't harvest a crop before it's planted. You have to wait for all these things. You have to be patient and allow things to develop.

It's the same with the Lord's coming. He will surely come, but you have to wait for the antecedent events to play themselves out. Although you may pray like the Apostle John, "Come, Lord Jesus," you can't do anything to force the coming of the Lord. Just because you're ready for Him, just because you're suffering, doesn't mean that the Lord is obligated to make His appearance. There are things that must happen. There are plans that must be fulfilled.

We must be patient, then, like the farmer. We must wait for everything to happen in its time. And we must interpret the times properly, so that we'll know how to live in them (Luke 12:56).

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Daniel 7, 8


Daniel 7 -- Daniel's Vision of the Four Beasts, the Ancient of Days, the Son of Man

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Daniel 8 -- Daniel's Vision of the Ram and Goat

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New Testament Reading
1 John 5


1 John 5 -- He Who Has the Son Has the Life; Final Remarks

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
Insight
We should not be attached to this world, because all that we are and have here is temporary. Only our relationship with God and our service to him will last.
Challenge
Don't store up your treasures here; store them in heaven.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Revelation 1:13  Girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

"One like unto the Son of Man" appeared to John in Patmos, and the beloved disciple marked that he wore a girdle of gold. A girdle, for Jesus never was ungirt while upon earth, but stood always ready for service, and now before the eternal throne he stays not His holy ministry, but as a priest is girt about with "the curious girdle of the ephod." Well it is for us that he has not ceased to fulfil his offices of love for us, since this is one of our choicest safeguards that he ever liveth to make intercession for us. Jesus is never an idler; his garments are never loose as though his offices were ended; he diligently carries on the cause of his people. A golden girdle, to manifest the superiority of his service, the royalty of his person, the dignity of his state, the glory of his reward. No longer does he cry out of the dust, but he pleads with authority, a King as well as a Priest. Safe enough is our cause in the hands of our enthroned Melchizedek.

Our Lord presents all his people with an example. We must never unbind our girdles. This is not the time for lying down at ease, it is the season of service and warfare. We need to bind the girdle of truth more and more tightly around our loins. It is a golden girdle, and so will be our richest ornament, and we greatly need it, for a heart that is not well braced up with the truth as it is in Jesus, and with the fidelity which is wrought of the Spirit, will be easily entangled with the things of this life, and tripped up by the snares of temptation. It is in vain that we possess the Scriptures unless we bind them around us like a girdle, surrounding our entire nature, keeping each part of our character in order, and giving compactness to our whole man. If in heaven Jesus unbinds not the girdle, much less may we upon earth. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Matthew 26:41  "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Isaiah 26:8,9  Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. • At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Romans 7:18,22,23  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. • For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, • but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

Galatians 5:17  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

2 Corinthians 3:5  Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

2 Corinthians 12:9  And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

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