36 “But no one knows about that day or hour. Not even the angels in heaven know. The Son does not know. Only the Father knows. 37 Remember how it was in the days of Noah. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes… 40 Two men will be in the field. One will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill. One will be taken and the other left.
Matthew 24:36, 37; 40,41 (New International Reader’s Version)
Good Evening. Tonight’s post is not what you think it’s going to be. Now with that PSA stated, I can go on with tonight’s post.
There are going to be people in your life that will eventually leave you. These are the people who been with you; maybe even for a long time. They can be your “bestie”, a close family member, or even a spouse. However, there is something different about these folks. These people were never truly on your side. They’re the critical spouse: nothing you do is ever good enough for him/her, despite your love and devotion to them. The discouraging dream-killer who wants to quash the vision God placed in you. The parent who tries to live their vicariously through you instead of letting you be you. The people who act “superior” to you because of some perceived “deficiency” in you-be it educational, financial, or physical. They could be a pastor who tries to discourage your ministry that God called you to for fear of “outshining” them. The list is endless. These people are found at home, church, school, work…even on that flight to Vegas with you!
These people are in your life for a season. I believe God has them with you for the moment so they can be blessed by your life; and hopefully change. The spouse has your love and devotion to inspire them to do likewise. The dream-killer sees your dreams so that he/she can discover their dreams. The parent who will see your life and may bless it. The “superior” ones who will see your “deficiency” as an asset (future post subject). The pastor who sees your ministry, and maybe will bless and encourage it. However, these people will more than likely be the opposition they build themselves up to be.
However, God will come to your aid. Metaphorically speaking, God is going to say “Enough” and snatch those folks from your life. I believe that God eventually removes the wicked from our lives. No, He/She’s not going to bump them off like a mob hit-person. No, God will take them out of your life-and quickly. You’ll turn around and find folks out of your life-be it through divorce, move, or you giving the boot-they’ll be gone. Plus, like the Noah analogy, it’ll happen to them so fast, they won’t know what hit them! You’ll be free to live the life God called you to (or in the case of the married person love like God called you to), and not have to deal with those folks again.
You see, in the Scripture above, Jesus was explaining what the day of God’s Kingdom/Queendom coming will be like. Jesus warned that it will sudden-like the flood in Noah’s day. Plus Jesus warned that the wicked-not the righteous-will be snatched up. Jesus used the analogy of how the authorities in his day will snatch someone from their place if they’re accused of a crime. The righteous will be the ones left behind! Thanks to John Nelson Darby, it was reversed when he started preaching Dispensationlism-causing confusion among the faithful for generations.
So tonight, be encouraged my friends. These people who try to criticize your love, kill your dreams, look down on you, and discourage your ministry will one day be gone; and you’ll remain-not missing them at all.
They’ll be gone…for good. Peace.
(Image: Inside an abandoned space. Newark, NJ. 2017)