Tuesday, April 16, 2013
DAY 47: Be READY!
“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” - Matthew 24:43,44
The Day of the Lord, the Day when Jesus will come back to gather His church and judge the world will come suddenly. The Bible says,
“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” - I Thessalonians 5:2
It’s strange to think of the Lord as a thief, but that is how He will come back! We’ll have little warning, other than the signs of the times and then SUDDENLY, He’ll appear, like a thief would come in the night!
Several years ago, our church was robbed 5 times in 11 months. The thieves would take a rock, toss it through the window and grab as much stuff as they could before the police showed up. It’s called a “Smash & Grab”. I learned a LOT about thieves during that year, as I was the first person on the call list for our alarm company.
First of all, they NEVER came in the early morning hours of (5:30-7am) or late evening (10pm-12:30am) but they ALWAYS came in the dead of night, between 1-4 am. They instinctively knew that those hours are for SLEEPING. Even party animals wouldn’t be awake much after 2am and even early morning workers wouldn’t be in the office before 6:30am...
A good thief knows when to strike when they are least expected. And that is what Jesus is compared to here! A thief! Does that you as uncomfortable as it makes me?? He’s coming and we MUST be ready.
Take 15 minutes today and similar to yesterday, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how YOU can prepare for His SUDDEN appearing! How can YOU prepare for the day of the Lord??
God won’t do it for you, this is something you have to do for yourself.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” - Revelation 19:7