The promise of God in His Holy Word may be compared with the stars of the Heavens. They are shining throughout the night while the sun is not seen. There is a star-promise which shines now brighter than ever before. That promise is constantly brightening and cheers by its increasing light. It is the promise given by His blessed lips during the memorable hours which the parting Christ spent with His own in the upper room. It is the promise which has cheered the hearts of His people at all times. The promise which soothed their troubled breasts and wiped their tears away. It is the promise beloved above all other promises. The Lord Jesus said:
"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."
Every century, every decade, every year, since the words were spoken and penned under the direction of the Holy Spirit by the beloved disciple, there have been waiting ones, waiting for the realization of the promise, longing for Him and for the Father's house with its many mansions. Today there are millions who know this promise, who believe it and who wait for its soon coming fulfillment. As this age becomes darker, that blessed hope becomes brighter. Our blessed redemption to the full draweth nigh. We can lift up our heads a little higher this year than ever before. And as this promise becomes brighter, our hearts are filled with joy and our lives stimulated to holier living, and to great devotion to Him and more sacrificial service for Him. But watch the enemy! How the devil tries to obscure that Blessed Hope! What inventions he uses to get God's people to give up their faith in the imminence of the Lord's coming!
They tell us something has to be done yet, some work has to be done, before He can come back; while others make the true Church to remain in this age to the very end and share with the world in its tribulation and judgments. Such anticipations do not make the promise brighter. But as we believe and as we wait daily for Him, the promise brightens, it becomes more precious and powerful. And some day, in the twinkling of an eye we shall have the blessed realization of what was spoken by Him ere He left the world to go back to the Father. What a day that will be! We wonder if that day will come during this year! He alone knows. It is all in His hands. We know when His Hour strikes all will be done. But let us say each day, each morning, "Perhaps today."
Taken from Our Hope Magazine, January 1926.
Indeed our Lord Jesus shall return. We do not know when but oh how we look forward to meeting Him in the air. Forever to be with Him...
1Thess 4:17-18 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.