Luke 12:54-56 - “He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?’
We are living in crazy times, coming off a pandemic, experiencing war in the Ukraine, and anticipating financial fall out (have you seen gas prices!?). It causes many to wonder: Are we living in the last days? Well, biblically, it has been the last days since Jesus rose from the grave. But like those he taught 2,000 years ago, we don’t do well at “interpreting” the times.
Jesus tells them they are great at interpreting (the word means to test, examine, or prove authentic) the weather, but miss the more important an eternal reality of what God is up to in the world today. I mean, they missed Jesus! We are too often the same. We spend more time on our weather apps checking the next day’s forecast than we do in our Bibles interpreting the times.
I’m not talking about identifying prophecies in current world events, this is about much more than that. To interpret the times is to focus on eternity and ask what God might be up to in this day. Let’s interpret this day and live as though it is the last day.
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