Devotional with Pastor Phillip Wesley II

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100th Episode: Thief in The Night

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, December 13, 2019

This is devotional thought number 76 in our devotional series titled, “Power!”

“Now on the topic of times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord will come in the same way as a thief in the night. Now when they are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would. For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation.”
1 Thessalonians 5:1–8 (NET)

Look up! Jesus is on His way! Be honest. Did you just look up? What did you see?

Punk Proof

When I was a young boy in New York City in the 70s and 80s, people would often conduct a social experiment in large crowds of people, particularly in Manhattan. One or two persons would abruptly start looking up, apparently gazing at something of intense interest. Invariably, no matter how silly passers-by felt, they had almost zero willpower to resist looking too. Some even started pointing as if they discovered something new and exciting. Of course, there was nothing there, and scores of persons were duped into looking into the nothingness of the sky. I steadfastly refused to allow others to control where my attention went. Just call me punk proof.

Signs of The Second Advent

I find myself looking up a lot lately. Unlike those many years ago, now, I am looking up spiritually. Jesus promised to return. He pledged to telegraph His movements so those with keen, sober minds can know, of certainty, that He will arrive quickly. Jesus said that, in the same way, you can discern the changing of the seasons from the development of trees, foliage, and other elements in nature, we can discern Jesus’s approach. Just as a pregnant mother’s contractions increase in frequency and intensity, and we easily observe the inevitable birth of the child of her love, Jesus gave signs and last-day events to forecast the coming of the Lord.

A Thief in The Night

I know we read that Jesus will come as a thief in the night. But we also read that He does not come upon His people like a thief. “‘Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man’” (Luke 21:34–36, HCSB). Paul agrees with Jesus. While we do not know the exact day and hour of His arrival, we have ample evidence that it will not be long, now.

Are You Ready?

The question we all must answer daily is, “Am I really ready for Jesus to come?” If you are not, and you love God, today’s your big day! You can give your life over to Jesus for safe keeping. He is able to preserve everyone who is willing to cooperate with Him. ““For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved” Hebrews 10:37–39 (NLT). “He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people” Revelation 22:20–21 (NLT).

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Rediscovering Yahweh as an Afrofuturist

Rediscovering Yahweh as an Afrofuturist, a God who cares about my past, my present and my future.

We all come to a point in our lives when all we have buried rises to the surface. From childhood trauma to the reconciling of life choices, we all, at one point or another, have to deal with our soul’s cry.

It doesn’t take much for the souls of the African Diaspora to cry. In fact, all it takes these days is turning on the television. Even now, days after Hurricane Dorian has ravaged the Bahamas, Africa’s Caribbean sons and daughters reel as the death toll rises to 23 with thousands seeking shelter. It seems as though if it isn’t a natural disaster it is state sanctioned violence. Almost exactly a year ago today Officer Amber Guyger murdered Botham Jean. And the jury selection for her murder trial begins tomorrow, Friday September 6th.

The fact of the matter is, it seems that no matter where you look black bodies are in distress. And my soul cries for a God who can help us navigate the destruction and disruption that comes with being black in this world. I need a God who can speak to and heal the triggers and traumas buried beneath the surface of black people’s hearts and minds.

In my devotion, I found my soul longing for a God who cared about my past, my present and my future. A God who dreamed for me as I realized I lacked the capacity to dream for myself. I needed the God of the Israelites, Yahweh, to show me that liberation was not just for the Israelites, that protection was not just for the chosen Hebrews, but that His hands on love was for me too. And I believe all children of Africa all over the world are in need of the same. We are all in need of a revelation of not just any God, but Yahweh.

Who is “Yahweh”?

In the Old Testament of the Bible and the Torah of the Jewish Scriptures, Yahweh is referred to as the God of the Israelites. Yahweh is a personal name for God. During and after Babylonian captivity, the Jews were forced to leave their homeland. But they were not simply a displaced people, they were also forced to leave behind the name Yahweh for God. They did this for many reasons, but the main reason was that during this time Judaism became less of a local religion and more of a universal one. This meant that God needed a more universal name. And so Elohim became the name that was more commonly used.

But the name Yahweh is very important. The intimate nature of the name expressed not just the sacredness of God, but that He was a personal God concerned about the localized needs of the Israelites. For example, when you look at 1 Samuel, we see the translation of God’s name as, “Yahweh Tzevaot” meaning, “ He Brings the Hosts into Existence.” In other words, this all powerful Being brings the hosts of Heaven into existence on behalf of the needs of humanity. And in a time of destruction when life and dignity are constantly stripped from black and brown communities it is vital that we call on the name of Yahweh. We need a local God who has the power to bring salvation and deliverance into existence.

Afrofuturism and the Essence of Yahweh

Rediscovering Yahweh and the true meaning of His personal name causes many to struggle with the portrait of God painted by Eurocentric Christianity. The idea that God does not care about social disenfranchisement, that He is not in tune to the cries of those with physical illnesses and disabilities, the idea that He is only and always meek, mild mannered, and non-confrontational is a picture of God that often disregards the social, economic, physical, and of course, holistic spiritual needs of people. And those people have a tendency to be black and brown.

I believe that we can access Yahweh and understand His investment in the social and spiritual needs of disinherited people by studying the contemporary secular theory of Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism, according to a variety of academic disciplines, is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African Diasporic culture and technology. The reality is that Afrofuturism as a term is widely debated and difficult to pin down as it has no agreed upon definition.

What is “Afrofuturism”?

One way to define Afrofuturism is to suggest that it presents the opportunity for persons of the African Diaspora to hope. As an artistic aesthetic, African-American artists are empowered to navigate the outer spaces of their imaginations to re-conceive the past and express their vision of the future. Ytasha Womack said it best when she noted that the, “cyclical nature of time” is a favored theme for the afroturist as it gives them the opportunity to redefine culture and notions of blackness for today.

Afrofuturism provides a bi-directionality that bridges the connections between past, present and future. In Mark Dery’s essay “Black to the Future” he explores the many facets of Afrofuturism and its cultural and social significance for black people. A white man writing on Afrofuturism in the 90s, Dery wondered why there were so few Afrofuturists and why the African American community wasn’t as engaged with the topic. Dery felt that Afrofuturism was an important academic and social concept that had the power to, through various artistic movements, reconsider the past as an approach to shaping the social, political, and economic future of African Americans. An important question he asks in his work is,

Can a community whose past has been deliberately rubbed out, and whose energies have subsequently been consumed by the search for legible traces in history, imagine possible futures?  Furthermore, isn’t the unreal estate of the future already owned by the technocrats, futurologists, streamliners and set designers—white to the man—who have engineered our collective fantasies?

Another scholar studying Afrofuturism, Alisha Acquaye, puts it this way:

Black history often plays out like a horrific, science fiction drama that has yet to fully resolve. Our ancestors were kidnapped from their homeland, taken to a distant country and forced into slavery. They were raped, forced to “breed” for labor and the prosperity of the economy, sold, beaten, separated, denied the right to vote, experimented on, denied equal and civil rights, denied humanity—all the while being brainwashed into believing that our race are aliens—not the abductees. Are robots—not royalty. Black history is more terrifying than any fictional tale ever told.

Yahweh as an Afrofuturist

Afrofuturism has risen to the forefront of the 21st century thanks cultural pieces like the artistic and musical catalog of artists like Janel Monáe and films like Black Panther. It is this kind of thinking, a belief in the reclamation of our past for the constructing of our future that Afrofuturism provides. Therefore, Afrofuturism is a direct response to a lack of black presence as it pertains to the truth of our past and the conceptions of our future. I believe Yahweh engages this very practice long before the delineation of such terminology in Revelation 21. There John writes:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making every thing new…”

Revelation 21:1-5a (CSB)

In this verse we see that John foresees how our personal God, Yahweh, considers the wholistic affects of sin and creates a new Heaven, a new Earth, and a new Jerusalem. Declaring the end to death and pain, Yahweh creates a future that directly responds to and rectifies the triggers and traumas of humanity’s past. At the second coming of Jesus Christ we are promised that there will be no more state sanctioned violence against black bodies, that no more hurricanes will devastate our lands, and that the pain, destruction, and devastation that sin reeked on humanity will not exist. In other words, we serve a God who is creating a future for us that is committed to healing our past and ushering us into a future where our triggers and traumas will be no more.

It is when you understand Yahweh in this light that verses like “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans for a hope and a future” come to have so much more meaning. So I encourage you to study your Word this week and rediscover Yahweh as an Afrofuturist, a God who cares about your past, is involved in your present, and is actively creating an incredible future for you.




The Affections Test

This is the Faith I live by: My affections affect my attitude

Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, June 13, 2019

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“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth.”

Colossians 3:2

Affection is a strong word! What has your affection? Cars, people, wealth, or gossip? Maybe peace, love, and God have your affection? Perhaps you have an affection for a combination of all these things. But the fact of the matter is, God says that whatever has captivated your affection must be from the world above.

The Affections Test

In our theme passage, the phrase “set your affection on” literally means to “continually think of or continually give keen attention to.” Check this scenario. What if you continually think of or continually give keen attention to your beautiful home in a gated community? Let’s say you need renovations done that cost more than $50,000. You come into some cash and find a highly recommended contractor that you share your dreams for your home with. After paying the contractor to begin, you find his work to be poor. As you walk in you see that your beautiful home retreat is now flooded, the additions are falling apart around you, and to make matters worse the contractor has no intention of making things right. Now what?

This is a true story. Fortunately, while he is extremely disappointed, his “affection” is not for his home. He is able to calmly, and yet courageously stick up for himself without becoming emotionally overwhelmed about the matter. He has a miraculous grasp of the God who sees all and who has his best interests at heart. His respectful reaction to this shows that his faith is strong. He continues to exhibit a godly demeanor, and remains hopeful that God will settle the matter in his favor.

Seek First…

Many times, our affairs to no not go as smoothly as we hope. But scripture promises us that if we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, then He will add peace, power, victory, and eternal life to our spiritual investment accounts. When our affections are set on things above, we can rest assured that these temporary and light afflictions will pass away. We can trust in this because our God who gives love, joy, and peace will soon return to give us our reward. And when He comes He will give us new bodies, and we will live in a new heaven and a new Earth. It’s when we think of or continually give keen attention to these things that are hearts are purified and our minds are renewed.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




Heaven is My Home

This is the Faith I Live By: Heaven is my home
Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, May 10, 2019
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“But as it is written, ‘eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)

There are many beautiful spectacles in the world. In nature, cascading waterfalls, towering trees, and fragrant flowers inspire awe in those who see them. We have built sprawling estates with many rooms, and space to house many families comfortably. In fact, gold and marble cover the floors and fixtures in many of our homes. Residences such as these are captivating.

Nothing on Earth Like Heaven

All this, whether natural or fabricated, is nothing in comparison to what God has for those who love Him. Truthfully, there is no language that can even encapsulate the splendor of all that God is preparing for His people. Many inspired writers have attempted to describe the revelations they received, but many could not find adequate words to capture what they saw. The imagination staggers as it tries to conjure up just a glimpse of God’s reward.

There’s a Place for Us

It is a blessing to know that the Lord loves us so much that He is preparing a place for us with Him. In spite of the obstacles that sin has put in the way of our relationship with Him, He has overcome them for those who simply surrender to His will.

Be encouraged by the promise Jesus made to His disciples. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansion; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV). We look forward to that day with great anticipation. If we remain faithful to the end, we will live forever with Jesus.

By God’s grace, this is the faith I live by. Let this be the same for you, in Jesus’ name.




What? A Day of Rejoicing?

Readiness and Relationship Creates Blessed Anticipation

When I was a kid growing up in Florida, I remember the shock of being told that my grandmother was coming to visit from Puerto Rico. The sickening feelings I had in the pit of my stomach were akin to having a stomach flu, taking a test unprepared, or the worst of the worst: turning on the TV only to find out that the President was on . . . on all three channels!

Why did I feel this way? Simply because I didn’t know my grandmother the way my mother did. I perceived her visit as drudgery and a fate worse than death! It was something that I had to endure with gritted teeth, counting the days, not until she arrived, but until she left.

I remember my mother spending copious amounts of time speaking with my grandmother on the phone and writing her weekly 20- and 30-page letters, front and back, about everything that was happening in our family’s life. She spent hours looking over and organizing old photographs of her family and fondly reminiscing about her childhood experiences and her family.

Counting the Weeks as Days

Seeing the relationship they had, I guess I can understand why my mother was super-excited. As the time grew closer for my grandmother to arrive, my mother would almost levitate with joy. She would pull out our big family calendar in the kitchen and happily and hummingly (yes, I made that word up) mark the days off one by one.

As the days ticked down, she busied herself in deep and frenetic housecleaning, researching my grandmother’s favorite recipes, pulling out old photo books, and generally making everything perfect for my grandmother’s arrival.

Finally, the day came to pick up my grandmother from the airport. Mom made sure we were extra-clean and presentable—ugh, we even had to wear church clothes! As my mom got to the baggage claim area, she didn’t stop there. Oh, no, she kept on going until we were the very first ones lined up right outside the gate where my grandmother was to exit.

Over the Top Reunion

My brothers and I always got a kick out of seeing my mom’s giddiness and excitement as she waited. While we waited with her, she would regale us with tales of her childhood growing up in Puerto Rico.

Finally, the gate door would swing open, and among the thronging sea of heads, my mom would spot my grandmother. Predictably, my mother would abandon what was left of her already fleeting dignity by screaming out like a schoolgirl. My grandmother in response would also inappropriately scream out; then there would be many tears of joy, hugs, kisses, and lots of squeezing–painful squeezing.

Grandmother and Jesus

OK, maybe I exaggerated, but not much. You get the idea, don’t you? My mother knew, loved, and cherished my grandmother. When told she would be seeing her face-to-face, she just couldn’t contain her excitement and joy.

So why, when hit between the eyes with the reality that Jesus is coming back very soon, do so many people have apathetic, apprehensive, anxious, conflicted, or fearful responses? Many times I get outright “I don’t want Jesus to come” reactions.

Let me be more specific: I’ve been getting those responses from a lot of Christians! This is a big problem! Such reactions are to be expected from others, but shouldn’t we as Christians be excited, joyful, and even come a little unhinged with wild-eyed, frothy-mouthed enthusiasm that Jesus is clearly coming soon, in person, to see us?

Instead, I hear things like: “I don’t want Him to come . . . because I haven’t gotten married, had kids, gotten my first full-time job, gone to college.” The reasons are endless. Now, I’m not trying to be rude or act like I’m “Super Christian Man” or anything, but usually I just respond to their verbalizations with my mouth open. I mean, what am I supposed to say?

It’s Who You Know That Counts

Satan has fooled many Christians into thinking that what’s happening here and now on this broken-down earth is all there is. But it isn’t! The Apostle John warns us:

Don’t love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. Our foolish pride comes from this world, and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything we see. None of this comes from the Father. The world and the desires it causes are disappearing. But if we obey God, we will live forever” (1 John 2:15-17, CEV).

You see, having a real relationship with Jesus is an “either-or” proposition; you can’t have it both ways.

Is it possible that those responses to Jesus’ coming are akin to my response to being told that my grandmother was coming to visit? Is it possible that there are many Christians who not only aren’t prepared for Jesus to come, but don’t really want Him to return because they simply don’t know Him?

Tale of Two Peoples

Jesus spoke very clearly about this issue in Matthew 25, the chapter following His specific description of what events would happen prior to His return (see Matthew 24). In Luke 21, there is an alternate account of what Jesus told His disciples about the signs of His return. Take note of what the stark difference in response will be between those who know and don’t know Him:

People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (vss. 26-28, NIV, emphasis mine).

Jesus clearly didn’t intend for His followers to wait in fear and dread for His return! In fact, after telling His disciples that He wouldn’t be with them anymore, He reassured them with these words that I think we need to hear today: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. . . . Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:1, 27, NIV). And Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet, reminds us that “[God] will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isa. 26:3, NIV).

Holding Hands

When I was a kid I was extremely afraid of the dark, but when I held my daddy’s hand, I wasn’t afraid at all. Monsters could jump out at me from the shadows and it wouldn’t faze me, because I knew the one who knew me, and he had my back. The same holds true for Christians who know Jesus. Their response to what’s presently happening in the world will be dictated by who’s holding their hand.

So let me ask you a question: Who’s holding your hand? I hope it’s Jesus, because if it isn’t, you won’t be able to get through any of what’s happening now or what’s to come.

The Apostle Peter, who initially threw Jesus under the bus, finally got his act together and got serious about knowing, loving, and living Jesus. When he did, he decided to write to Christians and remind us of the reality of what is to come:

My dear friends . . . I have written to encourage you to do some honest thinking. [I love it!] I don’t want you to forget what God’s prophets said would happen. . . . The day of the Lord’s return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. . . . Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live. You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon. [WHAT?!] On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat. But God has promised us a new heaven and a new earth, where justice will rule. We are really looking forward to that! My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that the Lord finds you pure, spotless, and living at peace\ (2 Peter 3:1-14, CEV, emphasis mine).

Please Come Soon!

So after reading that, how are you doing? Starting to feel some conviction? I sure am. Peter takes aim with both barrels and rightly readjusts both our perspectives and our paradigms. He says that not only should we be excited about Jesus’ return!

In Revelation 21, the second-to-last chapter of the last book of the Bible, the Apostle John, banished to the island of Patmos for sharing his faith, reminds us of Jesus’ soon return. He doesn’t want us to get so bogged down, so broken down, so discouraged, or so distracted that we forget that Jesus is coming soon!

John gives us this incredible description of what heaven will be like: “God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever” (vss. 3, 4, CEV). John gives a resounding reminder that not only will we be living with God but we “will see him face to face” (Revelation 22:4, CEV).

What About You?

So let me ask you a question: As you live your life, read the paper, watch the news, and witness all the things that have been prophesied happening before your very eyes, what is your response? Do you truly know Jesus? Are you excited, hopeful, and eager for Jesus to return? I certainly hope so.

When given those specific visions of what was to come, John’s response was what I hope yours and mine will be. Six simple but powerfully hopeful words: “So, Lord Jesus, please come soon!” (Rev. 22:20, CEV, emphasis mine).




You’ve Seen Nothing Yet

“The Gospel According to Paul: Our greatest hopes and dreams are yet to be seen. Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, May 13, 2018

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“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

What a Wonderful World

There are many beautiful spectacles in the world. In nature, cascading waterfalls, towering trees, and fragrant flowers inspire awe in those who can appreciate such things. We have built sprawling estates with many rooms, and space to house many families comfortably. Some use gold and marble as flooring and covering for fixtures situated all over their properties. Residences such as these captivate the eye and the imagination.

God’s reward for His faithful, however, eclipses everything on this earth, whether natural or fabricated  There is no language that can encapsulate the splendor of all that the Lord has been preparing at least since time began. Many inspired writers who attempted to describe the revelations they received could not find adequate words to capture what they saw. The imagination staggers as it tries to conjure up just a glimpse of God’s reward.

Promise of More to Come

It is a blessing to know that the Lord loves us so much that He is preparing a place for us with Him. In spite of the obstacles that sin has put in the way of our relationship with Him, He has overcome them for those who simply surrender to His will. Let the promise of Jesus encourage you.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). We look forward to that day with great anticipation. If we remain faithful to the end, we will live forever with Jesus.

I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, are you?




I Will See Him For Myself

This Week’s Devotional Focus is, “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” (Job 19:25–27, NLT).

If you ever need encouragement as you await the Second Coming of Jesus Christ; if you need to Mosaic Jesus captionedsense His presence and hear is voice; if you need staying power as trials seem to overwhelm you, read the story of Job. He was a just and holy man according to God’s testimony of his life, yet in a strange cosmic arrangement of circumstances, he was tested beyond human capacity. He was wealthy in houses, land, assets, cattle, family, and spirituality. And in what seemed like moments he lost all. Family. Gone. Property. Gone. Assets. Gone. Health. Gone! Faith. Preserved. God kept him as he lay in apparent ruins, covered in excruciating boils, being discouraged by perhaps well-meaning friends, who actually had no clue. God kept him in the power of His might as the enemy was allowed to test Job while he awaited his Lord’s response to these inexplicable circumstances.

While our story may vary greatly from Job’s, one thing is common: we all who await the fulness of the Revelation of Jesus Christ will have trials difficult to bear, yet as in the case of Job, we will come out of affliction refined like pure gold.

Timeless Quotes Of Job

  • “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return thither: The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21). I say Hallelujah!
  • “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: But I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15). I say thank the Lord!
  • “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: But now mine eye seeth thee.” (Job 42:5). I say our God is mighty to save!

As wonderful and instructive as these all are, they all point to one place. They all culminate in that which is highlighted in our theme text—seeing God face-to-face. If we turn our backs on all earthly possessions for Christ’s sake; if we are patient through afflictions; if we exchange theoretical discussions of God for the deepest experiences as we await his arrival by faith, we will soon have the privilege of seeing His wonderful face and glorying in His presence. So hold on, dear friends. If we remain faithful in His might, the darkening veil that necessarily separates us from the King will be removed forever. In our new, glorified bodies, and with our own eyes, we shall see the King. What a glorious day that will be.