19th October 2013

Driven to Distraction 

“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…”
Luke 21:25-26 (NKJV) 

Many years ago while in Jersey (or it may have been Guernsey!) my husband, myself and another couple decided to look for a dolman which we had seen on a map. Having an interest in things archaeological, we decided to drive out to see it. We saw where it was on the map and as we got nearer we saw the signs pointing us to the dolman – but where was it?  We drove around not seeing where it could be, but knowing it was close by. 

The wife of the other couple, who happened to be driving, decided we should either ask directions or go home. So we asked a local man,who obviously knew where it was, because he said, “It’s there” and pointed to a very large hump in the middle of the traffic island we had been round three times! 

How often in looking for the signs to our destination, do we get distracted by looking for the signs themselves? How much do we miss out on the journey and scenery, because we are so intent on not missing any signs? 

In Luke 21:7 the disciples asked Jesus for a sign: “So they asked Him, saying, ‘Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?’” 

Did Jesus ask them why they looked for signs? No. Instead, he warned them about not being deceived and about wars, fearful sights, great signs and persecutions. The woes seem endless. But just take a look at verses 27-28: “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”  Jesus continued: “So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near” (verse 31). Looking for signs is not condemned, but looking for the signs and the signs alone, may mean that we actually miss what is being pointed to. We may, in fact, miss the point altogether! 

After all, the signs are there to get us to our destination – Jesus’ return and our redemption. 

Prayer
Father, lift up our heads to focus on the centre of our hope – our lord Jesus Christ. Guide us not to be distracted in the search for signs but to rest assured that no one will miss the Son of Man returning with power and great glory.
Amen
 

Study by Rosemary Gent

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signpostsAbout the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion, a congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane
Beeston
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 5HZ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley

Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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