Week 18 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
I Thessalonians 5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
The “Day of the Lord” is a recurring theme in scripture which has been used as a bludgeon down through the ages to generate fear, compliance to human rules, to further political ends and for the basest purpose of all, for financial gain. The prophets of the Old Testament spoke about the Day of the Lord in order that the people of Israel might return to faith in the Lord. Paul spoke to the Thessalonians from the standpoint of looking ahead with hearts full of the Holy Spirit and hope in the coming fulfillment of the promised of God.
Recalling the story Pilgrim’s Promise, one of perhaps the most famous of allegories ever published the whole point of the main character is his recognition of the burden of sin, the pursuit of hope, and the life journey from the cross of Christ where his burden is lifted to the very gates of the “Celestial City”. The story is full of hope although it does give due place to the dangers inherent in the Christian life and the many perils and pitfalls the terrible trio as I call them (the world, the flesh, and the devil) subject us to.
There are still those who would profit from fear mongering about the last days even down to today. If you are in Christ, follow Scripture’s lead and be prepared in your heart by seeking a deeper walk, a higher calling for your life. If you do not know Jesus, He is as close as a whisper. Simply ask Him into your heart today and watch the transformation begin to happen as you lean upon and learn from His Word.