Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 11, 2013    
Today's Photograph . . . .  You Know How To Interpret The Appearance Of The Sky, But You Cannot Interpret The Signs Of The Times  (MQ)
Bible Study Verses
Matthew 16:2-3  
He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,'  and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.' " (NIV)   

At some time in your life, you may have heard a wise sailor recite this very old saying, "Red sky at morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight." Well, you now know where it came from. I used to think those very wise sailors learned it from years on the high seas. I'm sure many of them have. If you had to guess how long that saying has been around, you would have to go back before the time of Jesus.  

When Jesus was confronted by the Jewish leaders wanting a sign from Him, He used it to confront their hypocritical way of life. He simply showed them that they could look at the sky and know how the weather was going to unfold that morning or evening. But they could not understand the significant events that were unfolding right before their eyes.  

Action Point
I think today it is so easy for people to get caught up in what the media and others believe and think about what is happening in our world. Yet, fail to evaluate for themselves what is really taking place.  

Jesus wanted people to stop and examine the circumstances in which they found themselves and see the truth--that He was truly the Messiah and the fulfillment of scripture.  

Our world is not on a road leading in the right direction. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14,  "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it," (NKJV).. The narrow road with the small gate is Jesus. It is only through Him that one can be saved from their sins and given eternal life.   

Sportsmen's Tip of the Day
It is always important to check area and national weather reports before starting out on any trip. If you have an idea as to how the weather might unfold, you will know how to better prepare. Then, prepare for the unexpected. Last. but not least, read the sky. I cannot tell you how truly accurate that old saying is.