Thought for the Day – 24 April 2017

 

Thought for the Day

Today, a storm rages throughout our nation as morals, and standards of behavior decline.

Still, many people seem oblivious, going about their daily lives without considering the spiritual implication of these conditions. As to how should we react; the Bible gives clear and compelling instruction. In his letter to the Christians at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote:

1 Corinthians 15:33–34; 33Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.  34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” 

The message is clear; those who want to please God will not slumber, but will be preparing actively for the return of the Messiah in power and glory.

The message of the Bible is time-sensitive, with a sense of urgency:

Romans 13:11; 11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”  

As our nation and the world careen toward anarchy with all the resulting problems, being spiritually awake and diligent in pursuing the Way of life given in the Bible will be essential to avoid personal disaster.

This familiar theme was again sounded in 1 Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 5:5–6; 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep,”

Mark 13:33-37; 33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is….35Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  37And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

Matthew 10:22; 22….but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” 

About Ephraim J. Stockwell

Ephraim J. Stockwell, Born 30 May 1926 in Howell, Michigan, USA; Grew up on a farm in Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Served in Army during WW2 in European Theater of Operations; College in West Virginia, majoring in Physics and Electronic Engineering; Employed by NASA Headquarters, Wash. D.C. as Head of Network Operations (Retired), Husband of Joan Morgan Stockwell, father of 3 sons; Jack, Mark and Rick; Family includes 17 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
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