Watching the Clouds

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)

The apostles had the awesome privilege of watching the Lord ascend into heaven. They gazed up to the heavens as He departed on the clouds! No wonder they all stood in awe and amazement. I am sure they dealt with thoughts such as “Where are you going? Are you coming back? Can I go too? When will we see you again?” And even, “I can’t believe I am seeing this.” But the angels had an answer to all these questions. They said, “….come back….” As a result, the apostles fully and completely believed that the Lord would be coming back in their life time. Time was short, the message needed to get out. They lived every day for the Lord. Think about it…would you live differently if you thought the Lord was coming back today?

I asked the Lord to impress upon me the immanence of His return. I want every day to count for Jesus. I want to be looking for Him, listening to Him and ready for Him. Often, when I look into the clouds, I pray to see Him. To live every day as if today was the day of His return has changed my priorities, my desires and my focus.

Pray for eternal eyes. Pray for an excitement for His return. Pray to live as if He is coming back today. And ask the Lord to remind you of His promise to return every time you gaze into the clouds.

There have been days, including today, when I have allowed my mind and thoughts to focus on the things in this life that just don’t matter and that do not benefit my soul for His kingdom. I was having “a moment” so I stopped to read this devotion and I’ll be honest, I cried my eyes out!! I don’t know about you but I needed this at this very moment, I have to truly start living every day as if today was the day of His return and I have to change my priorities, my desires and my focus. I pray you will do the very same, time is short, the message needs to get out. Would you live differently if you thought the Lord was coming back today? If I’m being honest my answer would be, yes. A very important question for all of us to think about and to answer honestly.

Have a wonderful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Psalms 46, Acts 28