So, I’m reading one of my devotionals this afternoon, and for those of you who haven’t read my writings before, I’m a stickler about what Jesus said in Matthew 18:16
“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
This passage is about how to handle any offenses between loved ones, but I’m enlightened right now by the first part;
But if he will not hear thee….
The reason I have always been so staunch about this verse, is it’s emphasis on letting the Word become established, by two to three witnesses, but today I see why.
Most of the time, we don’t hear God, the first time.
I love Him,
Instead of yelling at his kids when they don’t listen, like I’ve been known to do, He will just come to us in another form or fashion.
For instance, this morning in my quiet time, I got glued to Jesus’ very stern warning about being distracted and missing Him at His second Coming,
if we aren’t looking for Him-
|4 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.|
|35 ¶ Let your loins be girded about, and yourlights burning;|
|36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.|
|37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.|
|38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.|
|39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.|
|40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.|
|41 ¶ Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?|
|42 ¶ And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?|
|43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.|
|44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.|
|45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;|
|46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. Luke 12:34-46|
Sometimes I need to be reminded to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Is my treasure still where I thought it was? In heaven? In Jesus?
have I dropped my focus down to things of the earth?
So, he nudged me again through my devotional, this afternoon, (the second witness) which would, of course, be titled, “Dangerous Distractions.”
If I put this into the deer hunting perspective, it would be like me sitting out in the woods for a while, then getting bored, so I take out my phone (which I’m known to do), and get distracted, only to find out later that there were deer around me the whole time,
Passing me by.
I don’t want to miss them.
I don’t want to MISS HIM.
Not for eternity.
Not even a day.
He wants to be our treasure now, not just when we get to Heaven.
I believe, if God did yell, that’s what He’s trying to get my attention with today.
He never tells us these things because He doesn’t love us, but because He does.
So, won’t you keep your eyes peeled with me?
Jesus is coming back.
We’re a day closer every day.
Will He find us watching for Him?