The Signs of the Times

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.       Luke 21:15

The signs of the times!  Jesus spoke of them in His Olivet Discourse—unusual disasters, pestilence, plagues, signs in the heavens, wars, and rumors of wars. That could be today! It also could have applied to various happenings across the 2,000 years since Jesus walked on Earth: the Black Plague, the Spanish Inquisition, two World Wars, the atomic bomb, the Holocaust, et cetera. 

Jesus also cautions you to stay alert. He said when you need answers to the problems of the times, He will give them to you, and you do not have to plan them in advance. The Earth’s times… and yours… are in His hands. The Lord knows the end from the beginning. It has been mapped according to His eternal plan, and He continues working out that plan. 

What can you know? You can know God the Father. You can know His Son, Jesus Christ. You can know the power of the Holy Spirit within you. This is the year to trust Him and His wisdom. Trust His guidance for you and follow Him. Be dedicated and diligent in doing what is right. Stand for justice. Love one another. And do not be surprised at what tomorrow brings. Intercede for decision-makers in government to receive the wisdom they need from God Almighty as they endeavor to chart the nation’s future. 

Today’s Verse: Luke 21:15

for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Luke 21:7-19

7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” 

10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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