A Promise Kept
This devotional was written by Leslie Snyder
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. —John 14: 1-3
The story is told of a mother who promised her young daughter a trip to the petting zoo. Knowing the visit to the petting zoo was a few days away, the mother began talking with increased anticipation about the event. However, the mother's anticipation only frustrated the little girl. She wanted to go NOW. But the mother knew something the little girl did not know. If they went now, the petting zoo would not be set up and the little girl's heart would be broken. But if they waited just a few more days, the little girl could pet the baby goats, chickens, bunnies, and ponies, to her heart's delight. Mom knew that there was a time and place for the promise to be fulfilled. But, the trip must wait for the appointed time.
That's what we are doing today. Waiting for the appointed time…the day of the Lord. In fact, that's what believers have been doing since the days after the resurrection: waiting for the return of Jesus. Some wait more patiently than others, while some try to calculate the exact date, time and place of His return. Many of us can recall recent attempts by groups to predict the return of Christ. In many ways, we are like the little girl who was promised a trip to the petting zoo and, like her, our ability to understand time is imperfect. I like Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-2 that reads, "I don't think friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master's coming can't be posted on our calendars. He won't call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would." (The Message)
What the little girl needed was to trust the words of her mother. What we need, then, is to trust the words of our Savior, "And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." Our job is to be ready and trust that this will be a promise kept.
1. If Christ returned today, are you prepared to meet him and live with him in eternity?
2. If Christ does not return today, are you living life in such a way that honors Him?
1 Thessalonians 4 & 5; 2 Peter 3:8-10