30th November 2013

It’s A Date!

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Mathew 24:36 (NIV)

It is November, and I have this year’s diary and one for 2014.  I have two calendars—this year and next year.  I have an electronic diary on my computer.  All this, and I just know that I will forget something or someone in my attempt to be organised.  When a possible date is mentioned I scrabble for diaries and calendars – to know where I put them would be a good start!  To forget something or, more importantly, someone, due to me leaving them out of my calendar or diary, is something that I loathe in myself.  How could I do that?  Even if it was recorded, why did I not look at my diary for that particular day and therefore remember that person’s anniversary or birthday?  When I stop beating myself up over the omission, I reflect on how human I am, not perfect by any means, and with the best of intentions I still forget things.

The fact that God knows everything about us and forgets nothing is so comforting and re-assuring.  He knows every hair of our head and quirk of our unique personality because He created them.  (Mathew 10:30, Psalm 139:14).  God thinks of us all the time – even before we were born (Romans 8:29).  Jesus declared that He will not forget us or forsake us, that He is with us always (Mathew 28:20).  The wonderful Triune God does not need a diary or a calendar to remember us. 

We humans use diaries to keep appointments. God has an appointment with mankind that is at the forefront of His great mind:  Jesus’ return visit to this war torn world is in His metaphoric diary in bold letters.  Men spend countless hours trying to second guess God as to the date of Christ’s return.  The timing is God’s not ours; however as we live each day we yearn for that crucial time.  We can by God’s grace look forward to that day—even though it is not in our diary! 

Father, God, forgive us for not always having you in the centre of our busy lives.  We love you and are thankful for your patience and mercy toward us.  Please send Jesus soon to restore order and peace to our world.

Study by Irene Wilson

irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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