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Keeping a watchful eye

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"Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also, be ready, for the Son of Man is coming when you do not expect Him." Matthew 24:42-44

As I considered what to write today, my thoughts kept turning towards Israel and the events there. My heart breaks for the innocents who are caught in the conflict. Tragically, they were foretold long ago in Scripture. I pray those involved on both sides of the conflict will soften their hearts and hear the message of peace Jesus offers, but fear many will continue to refuse to hear truth.

It is the very thing that caused Jesus to lament "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left desolate; for say I to you, you shall see me no more till you say, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 23:37-39 He had been speaking to a crowd warning them of hypocrisy, specifically charging the scribes and Pharisees of not being as righteous as they tried to present themselves as being, and not knowing Him or the Father.

I feel it is something imperative for each of us consider carefully in these present times.

When we claim to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, are our thoughts and actions centered on following Him and doing the Father's will? Is our purpose looking diligently to fulfilling the great commission (see Matthew 28:19&20) or seeking to do our own thing? Are our eyes fixed on the horizon waiting for the Lord's return, excitedly anticipating spending eternity with Him, or have we lost our focus and zeal?

He is returning for His bride. The question to be asked; will you be ready?

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