Thessalonians – Hope
Over the years of my lifetime (and that’s quite a few, now), there have been predictors of the time when life as we know it will end. They adamantly declare a special date and time. Some have followed a leader into seclusion or on a mountain top to wait for the coming of Christ on this special date and time, right down to the minute. The date comes and goes and nothing happens. How this must amuse God and make him sad at the same time. NO ONE knows. Only God.
We can even picture Jesus, at the right hand of God, saying, “Not today…Just one more day until this one comes back home…” “Just one more day…” Yes, Jesus Christ, our advocate.
Whatever your theology might be on the topic of what and when concerning the end times, let’s keep it simple. GOK…God only knows. This is found in our passage today! Live for Him now and we will live with Him forever. The WHEN doesn’t really matter, does it?
1 Thessalonians 5, The Message
1-3 I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.
4-8 But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation.
9-11 God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
What do we learn?
–God only knows.
–Repent and be saved by faith. Keep the faith.
–Build the faith and hope in others.
–Encourage each other.
–NO ONE will be left behind.
–Just keep doing the above.
–Rinse and Repeat.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for making this so simple. We will keep doing what you have asked us to be and do. Help us to stay alert and not fall into complacency concerning our faith. Use us to always be encouragers of the faith and hope we have in You to others around us and around the world. Thank you for this assurance today. The time is not our concern. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen