Today's devotion is based on Luke 21:5,6. "Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, "As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down."
It seemed at the time that the temple would never be destroyed. Yet in 70 A.D., destruction is exactly what happened. The Romans came in and destroyed everything, and the temple was no more. While the temple and destruction were very real, it was a foreshadowing of what is to come. Life is full of many things that seem impressive. Things that are "too big to fail" and seem to be so permanent that nothing will destroy them will come to an end.
Jesus gives us these warnings not to frighten us but so that we might have confidence even as the world seems to be falling apart around us. Jesus tells us beforehand that what seems permanent in this world will eventually be gone so that we do not find our confidence in anything here and now. Instead, we look forward to the perfect world to come—the world Jesus won for us with his perfect life and innocent death, the world that will never end.
Please pray with me, Heavenly Father, remind me that this life and all the earthly things I depend on for security and happiness will soon be gone. Please keep me in the faith so that I never forget that it is only in you that I can have eternal security and happiness. In Jesus' blessed name, I pray. Amen.