Monday, November 21, 2016
The Great Wine Press of God’s Fury
By Melanie Rigney
The Lord comes to judge the earth. (Psalm 96:13b)
Then they asked (Jesus), “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and “The time has come.’ Do not follow them!” (Luke 21:7-8)
Lord, press my sins so that the wine inside may serve You.
Wine making was not for the weak at the time the Book of Revelation was being
In the same way, our vanities and sins, large and small, are headed for the Lord’s great wine press. However, our wrongdoings don’t improve with age. Rather, waiting for a sign that the time is right to seek God’s forgiveness or to start anew only results in bitterness and anxiety… and still more distance. As we approach Advent, may we be patient in our waiting—but never tarry in going to the Lord for correction, mercy, and love.
Don’t wait for signs of the end times. Go to confession today, or talk with a spiritual adviser about what God needs to stomp out of your soul.