WHEN GOD SAYS, “NO MORE”!
Recently in a thought that I posted on Face Book, I asked several questions that seemed to “ring the bell” with many of my readers. Today I want to pick up on that thought and ask you to walk the path of your wildest dreams and imagine what it will be like, “When God says, NO MORE”
Come walk with me as I paint a picture from my treasured memories that will be the setting for this Nugget.
In the early years of our schooling as missionary children in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), we had to attend government run Boarding Schools. In a previous Nugget I shared my first experience of leaving the familiar safety of the old Mission house, the protecting love and care of my parents and my life as a free child of the bush, to attend Boarding School in the town of Umvuma. This proved to be a hard adjustment for my elder brother, elder sister and myself. Strict discipline was the order of the day, which actually was good training for adulthood. The down side though was corporal punishment with a cane or back of a hair brush which was meted out for the least infraction. There were times you got the cane or the hair brush whether you needed it or not, especially if the perpetrator of the offence was skillful at laying the blame at someone else’s door! A good dose of castor oil was a Saturday evening routine also whether you needed it or not! Kindness from the dormitory prefects was in short supply so the survival of the fittest was alive and well in the dormitory after “lights out”.
When it was time for school holidays, I would daily beg my parents not to send me back to Boarding School. My brother Lawrence handled it better than us two girls.
Then one day Dad made an announcement. He was not sending us to Boarding School anymore! He had rounded up all the neighboring farmers whose children also were attending various Boarding Schools. They all agreed to chip in monthly finances to hire a school teacher to run a one roomed school. She would teach all the classes up to Standard 5. (For my American readers this would be Elementary classes to Middle School).
I was doing cartwheels of joy after Dad made his amazing announcement. It meant I would be home every day long before sunset, to wander among the rocks and seek out my favorite haunts. Plus I would sleep in my own bed after being tucked in by my loving mother. In an instant my life had changed and the daily dread of returning to Boarding School was erased all because my father said, NO MORE!
Now let us turn our thoughts to this passage of scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NKJV) “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Can you imagine this inaugural proclamation ringing from Heaven and reverberating in every corner of the globe, when God says, “NO MORE”?
This cry from the creator of the Universe will bring an end to one age and open a new age!
This command will put an end to the pains of this earth and thrust in the glories of eternal peace and joy.
Our Divine Savior will raise His pierced Hands that were wounded for our sin and with a triumphant shout declare, “NO MORE”.
The heavenly host will stand and rejoice as they hear the words, “NO MORE”.
Every person who lives and who ever lived will be instantly transfixed when God makes this final proclamation, “NO MORE”!
Are you struggling with the cares of this life? Does the burden you carry rob you of your peace of mind?
Just stop for a minute and consider what it will be like when we hear those liberating words; “NO MORE”. The ramifications of this command are endless…………..
No more pain.
No more death.
No more loneliness.
No more tears.
No more starvation in poverty stricken countries.
No more corruption from both the ungodly and even so-called godly.
No more moral decay.
No more innocent children suffering at the hands of depraved individuals.
No more unthinkable murders.
No more war and the list can go on………..
God will have the final say and when the events of I Thessalonians 4:16-18 takes place; all the suffering, heart-aches and injustices we have endured will fade in the light of the glory that a-wait those who endure to the end.
My friends don’t be disheartened but be encouraged! Soon and very soon the King of Kings will speak and time will be NO MORE! What a day of rejoicing that will be!