2021_06_07 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Mark 13
I have spoken with so many people this week who are really struggling. If I’m honest, I’ve done a good bit of talking with myself and with God because I’m struggling too. Loss of loved ones, grieving the impending loss of those we hold dear, and the relational fall out of the last few years has taken a toll on many of us. I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have looked forward to Jesus’ return more. The closing of this chapter in history is what Mark 13 is about.
The reading that I did about Mark 13 indicated that in this chapter Jesus is speaking of things to come in the not-too-distant future for His disciples and about things to arrive at the end of time before He returns to claim His people. Jesus speaks of hard things to come, but in reading this week, I was struck by the words He used in verse 8: “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come” (NLT, emphasis mine).
The image of the pain that comes from being in labor is used in other places in the Bible (see Romans 8:22 for one example). Having given birth to a child, I understand the pain of labor, but I also know the joy on the other side of that pain. The dark times that Jesus is describing will usher in the time of His return: 26 “Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send out his angels to gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven” (Mark 13:26-27, NLT).
Jesus’ message to us is to be alert and ready because no one will be able to predict the time of His return. It seems that I am daily reading of people who have turned away from their faith because of their questions, doubts, or disappointments. The times are hard, no denying that. My prayer for each of us is that in the midst of the hard, we see the goodness of God and cling tightly to Him. Especially on the days that we struggle.
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. 25 May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. 26 May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26, NLT
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