“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.
Matthew 24: 15 – 18
It’s a bit of a shock isn’t it? Yesterday we were celebrating the joys of Easter Sunday, but now we’re back into doom and damnation. Going through a whole book means reading every verse, both the easy, reassuring verses, and the hard, unsettling verses. Matthew 24 is mostly the latter; it is a chapter full of dark prophesies and ominous warnings.
But while these verses aren’t the easiest readings, they are still important. As we all know, especially after a year like 2020, life is full of highs and lows. There are days like Easter Sunday when we want to celebrate and rejoice. There are days like Good Friday when all we can do is mourn and be sad. And there are days like Easter Saturday, the days in between marked by uncertainty and doubt. We need a faith that can see us through every season of life: highs and lows, excitements and disappointment, ends and new beginnings. Reading these tricky verses and be uncomfortable but doing so gives us a more well-rounded faith that cans see us through every season.
Prayer: God of all seasons, be with me today. When I succeed be with me in my rejoicing. When I suffer be with me in my mourning. When I am scared reassure me with your presence. And when I take a stand, grant me your courage and strength. Whatever I face today, be with me.
Action: Take a moment to check in with God. How are you doing today, and how is your relationship with God?