Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 20 Scripture Selection: Obadiah
Food for Thought: Obed. Vs. 15a
“For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near.” What exactly is “ the day of the Lord”? Mentioned several times in the Old and as well as the New Testaments, it must be something that the Lord wants us to be aware of, not to cause us fear, but to give those of us who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ hope. The Lord has the final say on the events of the “end” and will have justice for the enemy’s utter, evil rebellion on the day of the Lord.
Second Peter 3:10-13 gives us great insight as to that day:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
The Lord gives us signs in His Word that indicate that the day of the Lord is near. Quoting the Lord through the prophet Joel, Acts 2:19-21 says, “I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It sure seems like some of those signs have already appeared, though that is not to say that they will not appear again.
One thing is for certain, Christians need not fear that day! Speaking of the day of the Lord, the apostle Paul tells us in First Thessalonians 5:1-10 that it will come as a thief in the night when the world is claiming peace and safety. Then pain and destruction begins. However, he says in verses 4 and 5, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day.” He adds in verses 9 and 10 these comforting words, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”
No matter what happens around us, the Lord has promised in His Word to never leave us nor forsake us and that all things work together for our good (Heb. 13:5; Rom. 8:28). So whatever the day of the Lord entails, the destruction is not directed toward the Church. The Lord has made great provision for Her, so there is no reason for apprehension—only hope in these last days.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):