I hope that as you start your day your eyes are on Jesus and not the storm. I hope you have prepared your heart to stand blameless before the Throne. I hope you have prepared your home to sustain your family and friends through trying times. And I hope in the intensity of preparation you have not forgotten the harvest. Jesus reminds us today that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.
When the Children of Israel left Egypt, after the 10 plagues had decimated the land, "the mixed multitude went up also with them." In other words, many non-Jewish people left Egypt to identify with the newly freed nation of Israel. What would cause the heathen to follow the despised slaves into the desert? Why would pagan worshipers fellowship with a people that worshiped the God they knew not? The answer: the favor of YWHW.
As the Lord pressured Pharaoh to release His people, the plagues became increasingly hard to bare. The next to the last of the ten plagues was complete darkness. Exodus 10:23 states: "No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived." In the midst of the great, dark, distress the Egyptians took note that in the land of Goshen where the Israelite slaves dwelt there was light. The Lord God Almighty made a difference between His people and those that were not His. The distinction was not lost to those blinded by darkness. For those that "got it," they decided to follow the freedom as Pharaoh finally released God's people. And so when Moses led the descendants of Joseph out of bondage a "mixed multitude went with them."
Our Father is still wanting to lead people out of darkness. He still is making a distinction between those that abide under the shadow of the Almighty and those that do not. He is still demonstrating His favor on those that love and obey Him from those whose hearts are far from Him. Jesus clearly states that His followers are the light of the world; like a city set on a hill. When darkness falls heavy a single candle burning draws tremendous attention. We are the light and our candlestick is to be set high on a standard so others may see and come to the light.
The approaching darkness has many a purpose. Time will seemingly come to a stop. Activities will cease. Then the god of mammon will be judged. The Main thing will become the Main thing. YWHW will be our all in all. Even so, as He allows us to continue to shine, those appointed to salvation will make their way to the Light. And in coming to the Light, they will find Life. So often the greatest truths are hidden until darkness illuminates them on the path to discovery. We must be prepared...for the seekers of truth.
I was instructed to gather all the Bibles in the house and put them in one location. I was truly amazed at the number. The treasure of His Holy Word will become priceless in the days ahead. I also ordered one hundred copies of the Gospel of John from the internet based Bible League. (The copies are available on-line for a small donation. ) My heart has been tenderized to the needs of people wherever I go. Their greatest need: the Word of God. I see them walking without understanding or concern. Truly, as our Lord prophesied, it will be as in the days of Noah, people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; oblivious until the day the flood came and took them away.
So, as the storm approaches, the preparations we make are always with our eyes on the harvest. Every fifty pound bag of beans represents meals freely given to those tormented by hunger. Every bottle of water in our garage is a blessing freely prepared for those dying of thirst. Every lamp that stays lit is empowered to attract those lost in darkness. Every Bible resting on my dining room table is a witness to the power of YWHW to draw, save and deliver those that seek Him. By God's grace we are prepared.
Are you prepared?
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