November 14, 2021
Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
When I read, whether from a novel, a non-fiction book, or even the Bible, I look for literary clues on what the author is trying to tell me. I tend to pay close attention to repeated lines, phrases, and words. So for today’s readings, when both the passage from Daniel and the Gospel of Mark open with, “In those days,” my attention was piqued.
Both passages tell of the coming of dark, difficult times. Contrarily, however, these passages, and all the tribulation prophesied, are passages of hope. Daniel tells of an unending life, shining like the stars. Jesus tells of the great glory and power of the coming of the Son of Man. That theme of hope is also carried through the Psalm passages, “You will show me the path to life, fullness of joys in Your presence,” and in Paul’s letter to the Hebrews of Jesus’ sacrifice allowing us who believe to be made “perfect forever.”
So there may be darkness ahead, but there is hope. I am often distracted by life’s busyness. And I don’t always prepare for the coming season until the season is upon me. But like preparing our homes, our clothes, our gardens, we must be aware of the changes of the seasons and be ready. Only in our steadfast belief in the promises of Christ can we persevere through the trials and prepare for the glory of heaven. “In those days,” if I am ready for what is to come, I will be sanctified and not face “everlasting horror and disgrace.” Hope comes from faith. Joy follows. I must prepare.
My Lord Jesus, your return to us will bring both tribulation and joy. May my hope be in you that I may prepare in faith and know the joy of your presence now and “in those days.” Amen