Colossians 4:2: Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
DAILY DEVOTION, Sept 11, 2021
For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief (1 Thessalonians 5:3-4).
I remember 9/11/01 as if it were yesterday. I was on my way to the DHF office in Lovington, Illinois, when I heard what was happening on the radio. I turned around and went home. I couldn’t work that day. I spent the rest of the day glued to the TV. Scene after scene of horror unfolded. It was totally unexpected. Who would have believed that terrorists could attack our country with so much destruction? Today is the 20th anniversary of that attack.
Paul speaks of another unexpected event for which many will be unprepared. He speaks of the Day of the Lord, the return of Jesus. So many live in unbelief, and when Jesus suddenly appears, many will be thinking, “This can’t be happening.” Those who live in the light of divine truth will not be surprised. It is the day that Christians have longed for through the centuries.
Since we don’t know when Jesus will return, we must always be ready. The Master told us in clear language that He will return to this earth in triumph. We just don’t know when it will happen. May He find us faithful if He returns in our lifetime.
Father, I do want to be prepared when Jesus returns. If I should die before that event, I want to stand before You as a faithful Christian redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. I don’t want to be spiritually asleep when Jesus returns. In His name, I pray, Amen.