Words from the Heart for Friday September 4th, 2020
He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!
Matthew 16:2-3 (NLT)
Signs of the Times
Over the past century, the Government of Canada has formally adopted a number of official symbols of Canada. These include the beaver, the coat of arms, the Maple Leaf tartan, the maple tree and a national horse. Yes, a national horse. The Canadian horse is a strong, well-muscled breed of horse, usually dark in colour. The horses are generally used for riding and driving and are descended from draft and light riding horses imported to Canada in the late 1600s.
These days of global pandemic and social unrest are filled with end time predictions and apocalyptic prognoses. Surely all this is a precursor to the return of Jesus. None of us know when that will happen of course. Jesus told His followers that only God the Father has that vital bit of information. But Jesus did say this in Matthew 16:2-3: “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!” The people in Jesus’ day didn’t have access to instant weather reports all day every day, but they could read the signs. We would say it this way “red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning.” As with so many in our day, people can read the things of the physical world, but ignore the warnings in the spiritual. While we who know Christ cannot know when He is coming back, we are called to keep our eyes on the spiritual signs that point to His return. Keep looking up.
These have been words from the heart.