Tuesday is for Preaching
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
—1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Sometimes, we read the Scripture too quickly, too unreflectively, too unfeelingly. Here’s a brief outline of the content of those three verses:
- It will be completely unexpected. (v. 2)
- It will be when the majority feel completely safe and secure. (v. 3)
- It will be a destruction from which there will be no escape. (v. 3)
People won’t expect it.
People will feel completely safe, secure.
People will not be able to escape the judgement of God.
Argument will be over. Debate will be over. Controversy will be over.
Jesus will come back with a shout, with a cry of the archangel, with blast of a heavenly trumpet with all those who have died in Christ (1 Thess. 4:16) but “the people” and the “them” of chapter 5 verse 3 will not be able to escape.
It could happen before you finish reading this post.
There will be no escape.
Do you love your neighbors? Do you love Jesus?
How is the certainty of this future event effecting the way you spend your days?
You see what I mean about reading the Bible too quickly, too unreflectively, too unfeelingly?