I. A POWER THAT IS UNCHANGING
II. A PLAN THAT IS UNALTERABLE
III. A PURPOSE WHICH IS UNIVERSAL
At the beginning of WWII, the Philippines were about to fall to the Japanese, and General Douglas Macarthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to evacuate his staff immediately. Before he left, Macarthur made a promise to the Philippine people: "I shall return!"
Because of the complexity of the war, he was unable to make good on that promise for another 3 years. But all during that long period, Short Wave Radios broadcast support to those carrying on the battle behind the lines, and they repeatedly carried Macarthur's promise – "I shall return!"
Eventually, on October 22nd 1944, General Macarthur waded ashore and declared "I have returned!" It was a promise that shaped Macarthur's entire strategy for all those years. He'd made a promise, and he intended to fulfill it no matter what the obstacle.
Revelation 19 tells us what it's going to be like when Jesus does come back.
We need in these perilous days, when "all around my soul gives way," the assurance that the "Solid Rock" is solid; having cast our anchor, we want to know that it has gripped the Rock.
It is not so much the high winds that blow or the tornadoes and the storms and the hurricanes it is more a question of anchorage. Are our foundations strong enough; are the resources by which we live extensive enough? Do we have the inner peace and inner power and the spiritual strength to meet the problems of life that each one of us has to face?
Storms may beat against us, winds and waves of passion may hammer at our "frail bark," but thank God, that since we trusted Christ, all is well.
An old Gospel song by the Quartet called "Final Authority" says it this way:
Troublesome times are here, filling men's hearts with fear,
Freedom we all hold dear now is at stake;
Humbling your heart to God saves from the chastenin ...
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