The Day of the Lord
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 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. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 ESV)
The times and the seasons we are living in are dreadful when you listen to the news. Our evening news starts with the horrific that happened since the last broadcast and generally ends with some upbeat, heart warming story of someone doing good. I guess they want to leave you on a high note. Or maybe they took their plays from God’s play book. The Bible clearly teaches that things in this world will continue to deteriorate. It tells us that Satan has been given authority over the world for a time. His time is up when Jesus Christ returns to end all of this suffering.
It is interesting that Paul states that there is no need to write anything to those at Thessalonica because they are fully aware of the happenings of the day of the Lord; that great day when Jesus will return and reign on the earth. He refers to them as Children of the Day (vs of the dark night). He urges them to stay awake and sober and to encourage one another.
So today, be encouraged beloved, for God has not destined us for wrath! We must also be fully aware of that great day so that its coming does not take us by surprise. This requires a steady and thorough study of the prophecies that God has given us in His Holy Word. Read and study the Bible first before listening to any commentaries that man has written. Know what God says. Scripture does not contradict scripture so if it seems to, you need to look further. Ask God to give you wisdom and clarity regarding the meaning of His Word and always remember that there is mystery in the Word of God. Some things are not meant for us to fully understand. They will be clear to those for whom they were written.
If listening to the evening news depresses you, then start viewing today’s events in light of God’s great plan. He wins beloved. He wins. I’d love to be a journalist on that great day! Amen.
Be encouraged. Study well. Press on.