Pocket Sized Thoughts – 1 Thessalonians – Part 8

The Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (5:2)

One of the things that has plagued the church for centuries has been the attempt to try and calculate the date of the Lord’s return. Some have become obsessed with interpreting signs and events. Any prediction is prone to error. Even the Lord Jesus, while on earth, said that He did not know the day, nor the hour of His return (Mark 13:32). All we can say with any certainty is that it is now nearer than when we first believed (Romans 13:11). However, that day will come when it is least expected. ‘They’ (v.3,7) will not be ready. Therefore, let ‘us’ (v.6,8) be alert, watchful and ready. As Christians, we are not children of the night and darkness, but children of light and of the day. As the world spins increasingly out of control, we live by the guidelines of another kingdom altogether. Do not become intoxicated with the pleasures of the world nor confused with all its propaganda. Instead, be sure-footed, arming yourself with faith, hope and love against all the deceptive voices in the world today. It is easy to allow current events to crush us. Instead, allow those same events to lift up our eyes and look for that glorious fulfilment of the salvation which God has appointed for us.

PRAYER :- “Lord, help me not to fear but to hope in your glorious return.”