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The Love That Waited

Second Coming Faithfulness Perseverance

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Contributed By: Luke Holmes | Date Posted: 2021-05-15

Scripture: John 14:3 ; Jeremiah 31:3

Author: Luke Holmes
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ILLUSTRATION

Lots of people say “till death do us part” when they get married. But few get a chance to prove it as Clara Gantt did.  In 1948 she married Joseph Gantt, and not long after that, he was deployed with the US Army to Korea to fight in the Korean War.  US Army First Class Sergeant Joseph Gantt was captured and thought to be killed in action in 1950. But his body was never found, and his death was never confirmed by the North Koreans.  

His wife, Clara, waited for decades for her husband to come back. She regularly went to meetings with government officials seeking information about what had happened. Clara even bought a house and had it professionally landscaped so all Joseph would have to do when he came home was go fishing.

She was ninety-four years old when his remains were finally brought home for a military funeral with full honors. It wasn’t the homecoming she dreamed of, but she finally knew his fate. Clara told a reporter who interviewed her, “He told me if anything happened to him, he wanted me to remarry. And I told him ‘No, no.’ Here I am, still his wife, and I’m going to remain his wife until the day the Lord calls me home.”

She continued to love him till the end, even though it was decades in the making. 

APPLICATION

As believers, we are the Bride of Christ, waiting for His return.  He doesn't expect us to build Him a home but has called us to be faithful and patiently wait until He takes us home.  While Mrs. Clara Gantt's long wait ended with sorrow and disappointment, the patience of the believer will be rewarded with eternal jubilation.  


"My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:2-3). 

"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8).  

Nothing is Impossible

God's Power Faith Perseverance

Contributed By: Walter Simmons | Date Posted: 2021-03-27

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:46 ; Acts 8:39

Author: Walter Simmons
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ILLUSTRATION

Usian Bolt was born on August 21, 1986 in Sherwood Content, Jamaica. He grew up obsessed with sports, excelling in football and cricket.  At high school, his cricket coach encouraged him in athletics. It was a good decision. He first gained notice as a track prodigy at the 2002 world junior championships. Before a crowd of 36,000 in Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston, Bolt, then just 15 years old, won a gold medal in the 200-meter race. He became the youngest male world junior champion in the history of sports.

By 2007, he was the fastest man in track and field history, setting his first 100-meter world record; and a year later, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he rose to international fame.  In China, Bolt won titles in the men’s 100-meter sprint, the 200-meter, and 4x100-meter, setting new world records in all three events.

He has the title of being the fastest human who's ever lived based on known records. In 2009, at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, he ran the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds, with an average speed was just over 23 mph and a top speed closer to 30 mph.

He amazed fellow athletics and fans alike, but he may be challenged by two runners from biblical days. The Bible tells the stories of Elijah and Philip as fast runners.

The story of Elijah is recorded in 1 Kings 18. “The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.” The Bible does not record how fast Elijah ran, but we do know that it was a miraculous speed.

King Ahab was riding in his chariot to stay ahead of the storm and it is believed that his top speed would have been 35 miles per hour. The distance from Carmel to Jezreel was about 20 miles and if Ahab was pushing his horses, then it is likely Elijah ran even faster than Usain Bolt’s world record and at a much longer distance.

The story of Philip and the eunuch is recorded in Acts 8.  “Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him anymore.” In a flash, Philip then appeared in Azotus preaching the good news. The distance was about 30 miles to the north. Estimating a flash is one second, a track and field judge might calculate his speed at 30 miles per second or 108,000 miles per hour. This was another miraculous speed. In the finite mind of man, Philip’s run and Elijah’s run would be completely impossible. But as the angel told Mary “... with God nothing will be impossible.” 

 

APPLICATION

As believers in Christ, we may not win a particular race or field event, but we can finish strong in God’s race.  Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  As a result, there was a crown waiting for him in heaven.  There will also be a crown in store for each one of us, should we run our race in the power of God's miraculous grace. 

If we run the race, keep the faith and allow the Lord to work through us, nothing is impossible.

Praying In The Wrong Direction

Prayer Perseverance God's Will

Source: "Imam discovers worshippers at his mosque in Turkey have been praying in the wrong direction for 37 YEARS," by Ross Ibbetson, The Daily Mail, Oct. 19, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Matthew 7:7 ; 1 John 5:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Daily Mail reports that worshipers at a mosque in Turkey have been praying in the wrong direction for 37 YEARS! According to one news outlet, the mosque was built facing the wrong direction in 1981. 

To make matters worse, it is believed that this was the result of it being built based on the original mosque, which would mean that these worshipers have not been praying in the direction of Mecca, as prescribed, even longer than previously thought. 

 

 

APPLICATION

As Christians, we understand that it doesn't really matter what direction we face when we pray.  God is everywhere. Rather, it's our earnest determination to seek God and to know His will that Jesus promised to bless when He said, "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). 

We pray in the wrong direction when we pray for the wrong things, or when we pray for the right things but with the wrong motives. We pray in the wrong direction whenever we seek our will instead of God's.  

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

The 950th Time Is A Charm

Perseverance Reward Inspiration

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-12-23

Scripture: Galatians 6:9 ; James 1:12

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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Don't Be Remembered For The Time You Quit

Endurance Faithfulness Perseverance

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: 1 Kings 19:4 ; Job 3:1

Author: Howard Harden
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Oxford Students Given Trigger Warnings

Perseverance Maturity Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: James 1:12 ; James 1:2

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Strive To Find Rest

Rest Perseverance Refuge

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-12

Scripture: Hebrews 4:11 ; Matthew 14:23

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A Whale Of A Find

Reward Trials Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

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Clinging To The Cross

Cross Perseverance Trials

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-26

Scripture: Galatians 6:14

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Snodgrass's Muff

Guilt Perspective Perseverance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-10

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Neal Pollard
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