Look forward to His reign of justice and peace

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

The picture of the coming persecutions and natural disasters is gloomy, but ultimately it is a cause not for worry but for great joy. As believers see these events happing, they will know that the return of their Messiah is near, and they can look forward to His reign of justice and peace. (NLT)

Luke 21:25-28 – [Jesus said] “And there will be strange events in the skies—signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up. Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!”

When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. – Luke 21:28 (NRSV)

Gerald W. Bauer (Ohio) titled his story “CALM AMID CHAOS;” here is a portion of Gerald’s story:

“News of chaos in communities around the world tempts me to live in fear. . . . When I have faced one fear, another takes its place. I wonder, How can I protect myself? How can I overcome my fears?

“. . . We may struggle with concerns about our family, health, or finances. We may live in an area with daily violence due to war or crime. Disease and natural disasters pose a constant threat. When we experience any of these things we can remember the promise of redemption. We can look first to Jesus as a source of comfort, hope, and joy in the midst of chaos.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will remember to keep Jesus first at all times.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your constant presence. Give us the strength to look to you first when we experience threats to our well-being. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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