Are you making time for rejoicing?
Have you noticed a great distress all over the world? You’re not alone. Lots of people are talking about it. Many Christians are focused on topics like “the end days” or “the last days” or “the end of this age”. I get it. Sure, there’s a disproportionate amount of wars, rumors of wars, and “men’s hearts failing them from fear and expectation“. But I recommend another strategy…make this a time for rejoicing. Don’t put it off till tomorrow because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anybody. No, start today. Look up and rejoice. Why…?
…because Jesus said so. He said when these terrible things are happening, that’s the time to “look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” And while there IS a lot of war, famine, and other signs of the “end days”, some of the other signs Jesus mentioned have yet to manifest themselves clearly. Things like: “signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars…the sea and the waves roaring“. Don’t misread blood moons and eclipses to be those signs. Jesus was talking about signs that couldn’t possibly be mistaken for anything else than a move from Heaven itself. And you better believe when God moves, we’ll all notice.
And even if the worst signs start to happen today or this week or this month…look up! It means we’re another hour, day, week, month, or year closer to the coming of the Lord. But while another day remains, tell somebody about Him. He wants us to bring as many with us to His home as possible.
I wrote a song, back in 1983, about the time for rejoicing. The lyrics show you that time is today. I hope you’ll take it to heart. And I’ll share my old 4-track cassette demo recording of the song in this week’s Truth in Words and Music Podcast. Don’t miss the opportunity to snicker at my less-than-professional sound. Here are the lyrics…
There’s A Time
You can’t hold on to nothing when you leave.
It’s only you He will receive
And only you that means a thing.
So learn to love the things you are
And though you may not be a star
You still can hear the angels sing.
There’s a time for rejoicing;
Between the sunrise and the sunset.
There’s a time for your heart to be free from pain.
There’s a time for believing;
This is only the beginning.
There’s a time when your spirit can see so plain.
That’s when you’ll know
You’re welcome to go.
You can’t make it to the other side
‘Til you’ve got nothing more to hide
‘Cause you can’t hide it from His eyes.
So try to learn from your mistakes
And try to do just what it takes
To live your life away from lies.
Don’t turn your head.
Don’t turn your head and walk away.
Your time just might be today.
Copyright Tony Funderburk 1983-2007