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Something Bigger

July 24, 2018

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.” Joel 3:1-2

In the last chapter of Joel, he describes the day of the Lord, a day of judgment that is to be proclaimed to all nations.

Our minds can often be full with our busy schedules. We are barely finished with the last thing, and within an hour we will be onto the next. Sometimes we just need to stop and ask, “What really matters?”

Wise people do this often. Effective leaders do it in business: “What do I most need to do to move this business forward?” Wise parents do it in the home: “What do we most need to change for our family to thrive?” Wise students do this early in life: “What do I need to learn? What skills do I need to have?”

Now move that up a level. Think beyond your career, beyond your family, beyond your studies. Think about your life. Think about your eternity. Think about what it will be for you to stand in the presence of God. Even if you never think about it again, think about it now.

What do you most need to prepare for? What is consuming your life right now? God is saying to you in the words of Joel: “Here’s what you need to attend to. There’s something bigger by far than everything that presses in on you now—the day of the Lord.” This might sound remote to you, but nothing will matter more than the decision God announces about you on that day.

Take a moment to consider your eternity before God on the day of judgment.


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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