I’ve always found it interesting that one thing can remind us of another so much that it makes us say, Wow! It happens to me quite often, so the wow factor is not as strong as it used to be, but I’m still surprised sometimes.
I was studying the Bible awhile back and I came to the story where the people of God were taken by force from their home and relocated to Babylon. Immediately I was reminded of a time in my life when I was taken by force from my home and relocated to another place.
When I was eight years old, two of my sisters and I were taken from our home and put into foster care. Two of us were placed with the same family, while our youngest sister, at the time, was placed with another family on the other side of town from us. When we were older, I found out that we were there less than two months, but back then, it had felt like an eternity.
Like the captives of King Nebuchadnezzar, we were not happy to be torn away from all we had ever known, moved to a place where we had never been, and where we knew no one.
Like those Jews, we did enjoy some freedoms, but things weren’t all roses. Everything was so different there. We were in another town. We were with people we didn’t know, and we were sent to a different school. We were totally cut off from our family and friends just like the Children of Israel when they were taken captive.
I know some of those Jews trusted God without any doubts, like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but I can imagine some of them were just as afraid as we were and felt just as helpless as we did. We were so sad. I remember crying at night and calling out to God. I prayed every day and begged Him to rescue us and take us back home.
One afternoon when we got off the school bus at our foster home, a man was waiting there for us. I’ll never forget the joy I felt when he told us he had come to take us home. We grabbed our things and got in his car. We drove to the other side of town and picked up our sister, then we were on our way.
When we arrived, our grandmother was waiting for us with open arms, and she showered us with hugs and kisses. We were so happy to see her again. We were so glad to be back home.
Our world has been captured by Satan and his forces, and we are his captives. When we recognize there is hope for us to be rescued, we call out to God and he saves us. Not because we’re good, and not because we deserve anything good, but simply because he loves us. God is so good, and I look forward to the day when he comes and takes us to our heavenly home so we can truly be free. He said he would some day. In John 14:1-3 He said,
14:2 In my Father’s house there are many rooms. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.
14:3 After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says,
4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first:
4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we will be with the Lord forever.
In verse 18, Paul tells us to comfort each other with these words. Jesus is coming to take us home. That’s something to look forward to. I’m looking forward to that day with great anticipation, and I don’t believe we’ll have to wait much longer. Are you ready? If not, don’t wait. Get ready now. He could return any time.
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