The word of God in Luke 21:34-35, written over 2000 years ago, prophesied to the struggle that generations would face in pursuing the virtues of Christian living. Fast forward to the 21st century. Newark is in one of the most technologically advanced societies and the most densely populated states in the United States. This is the reality of the environment of a BLD disciple, and this message is more urgent and critical than ever.
Our situation brings to mind the story about the schemes of the Enemy to keep Christians busy in the nonessentials of life, to invent innumerable distractions to occupy our minds and to divert us from maintaining a vital connection with Jesus as we live our daily lives. The words in Luke 21:34-35 are a critical warning to all Christians that our enemy is constantly prowling to ensnare us, to remove us from our source of Life. The Lord knows our shortcomings and struggles, and He gives us the grace to bear our burdens and to walk in His way of holiness. We should be actively seeking God. He expects us to be actively watching for His coming and praying specifically for the strength to persevere in the faith and to endure trials that come our way.
Lord help us to live out the rest of our lives watching, praying, living courageously and boldly for You so that on that day, we might stand before the Son of Man without shame.