Whenever I read how the scientific community explains the plagues against Egypt described in Exodus, I have to giggle. They have a logical explanation of how each plague happened through nature, through natural process, then they reach the conclusion that because the plagues happened naturally, there is nothing miraculous about them. There is no God. The ancients just created a god to explain what they couldn’t through their limited knowledge.
In other words, the scientists jump to the wrong conclusion. They just don’t get it.
Whether or not it’s true that the plagues were natural phenomena, I don’t know. But even if it were true, it would prove there is a God, not the other way around. The God who created all has all of creation at his disposal for his use.
Of the multitude of lessons one could learn from this episode in history, the top of the list is that God uses his creation for his purpose–which is usually to get our attention. This truth is why we should pay attention to the changing weather patterns, the increase in earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes, the beaching of whales and dolphins, and the host of other oddities, caused by both nature and governments, that seem to be galloping toward us like an angry Quarter Horse.
Christians are required to watch, to recognize the signs of the times we’re in. “Learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors” (Mt 24:32-33). Because we don’t know when he’s coming back, we’re required to watch and to be prepared, with our “oil lamps” full. He tells us in his word what to watch for.
The Pharisees and Sadducees of his era were supposed to be watching for him. Those who made a career of studying the Scriptures should have recognized him and received him joyously. Instead, they asked for a sign. Remember what he said?
“When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red;’ and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times” (Mt 16:2-3).
It’s time to watch. Time to pay attention to the signs. Time to refill your oil lamp. Perhaps what we’re seeing today is just “the beginning of sorrows,” or perhaps it’s the escalation of “birth pains,” but because we don’t know the day or the hour, we must remain in a state of preparedness.
Are you ready?
Linda wrote this post for us as part of her first anniversary promotional campaign and giveaway for her novel, Give the Lady a Ride. In this contemporary western romance, the main character, Patricia Talbert, is a Christian who needs to return to her first love. Linda cleverly arranges for the reunion to occur on the back of a bull. Although the story is fiction, the fact that God welcomes all his prodigal children home with open arms isn’t.
To learn the rules of her giveaway, visit 777 Peppermint Place, then come back and leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing.
Linda Yezak lives with her husband and three cats in a forest in Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a two-time finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, in 2008 for Give the Lady a Ride, a contemporary western comedy romance, published in 2011, and in 2010 for The Cat Lady’s Secret, a Women’s Fiction comedy-drama. She has been published in Christian Romance, Beyondaries, and Vibrant Nation e-zines, has served as a judge in several national and local writing contests, and is currently a freelance editor and a consulting editor for Port Yonder Press.
18 thoughts on “Watching the Fig Tree Guest post by Linda Yezek”
this is terrriic stuff. We are told to watch and prepare. I think God is always trying to get our (the world) attention through “natural” events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like. Moreover, we know that ‘the rain falls on the just and the unjust.” On the Egyptian plagues, yes, they can be explained through presummed natural events, but God acts through nature. Thus, there can be and will always be natural explanations. But, Christians know who is in charge and that God works through nature. Some of my favorites of Jesus’ miracles are the nature-related” ones of calming the sea and others. They remind us that God is in charge, no matter how we want to understand and explain earthly events. We also know there Revelation that there will be a new heaven and a new earth; praise the Lord for his creation now and his coming creation.
Ray–if this is you, I’m glad you liked it the post. I figured you’d get a kick out of it!
If this isn’t Ray, I’m glad you liked it too!
BTW: Congrats to Joanne Sher for winning the drawing in the Horsin’ Around Giveaway!
Thanks to all who participated, and thanks again to the Elk Jerky folks for having me!
You bet I’m ready! Loved this, Linda! 😀
LOL, Talon Carlson has a lot to say about this. If we don’t repent and pay attention to the signs of the times, they will come galloping toward us faster than we think. This was a great devotional and Talon couldn’t have said it better. Have a blessed day.
Giggle! I think Talon had a little help!
Thanks for the comment, Heather. Good luck in the drawing!
I talked to Talon Carlson too, and he agreed we should all be ready for the glorious Savior’s return!
Yes, he is! 😀
Thanks for the comment, Sherry. Good luck in the drawing!
Talon Carlson, and all the characters in Give the Lady a Ride would likely agree with this devotional. Great job Linda!
Glad you think so, Elaine! Thanks for stopping by!
Excellent as always, Linda! You are one of my faves!
You’re too sweet, Kat! Hugs!!!
You should write devotionals more often, Linda – this one definitely blessed me! You should also know that I had a bit of a talk with Talon Carlson, and he agrees 🙂
Thanks, Joanne! Good luck in the contest, too!
Thanks for hosting me today. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.