Surprised

1st Thessalonians 5:4

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.  1st Thessalonians 5:4  NIV

 

Two men were rowing a boat between two islands.  It was only about 40 miles but they rowed most of the night.  At daybreak, they could see the entrance to the harbor.  It was only a couple of miles away.  But surprisingly, the wind picked up.  They fought against the current and the breeze.  They were so close.  They had almost been celebrating their arrival.  But now, they rowed as hard as they could.  Their lives depended on it.  Finally, around 2pm, they managed to reach a cove.  It was far downwind from their destination.  They fell asleep exhausted on the deck.  They had no more water.  But they were alive and safe from being blown out to sea.  Have we relaxed too?  Or do we know our salvation is still a question of life and death?

The person unaware that they could be in danger is already in danger.  We could be caught off guard.  We could be celebrating success or even salvation not realizing that dark forces could sweep us away.  We could be looking at ourselves or our world instead of focusing our attention on God.  We could be trusting our strength or choices instead of working on our relationship with the only One Who can bring us clean to God.  Shall we take great care to make sure our hearts are with Jesus now as our lives depend on it?

 

Dear Lord,

Never let us take confidence in our situation but seek to find You wherever we are!  Do not let us be surprised to find that we are further from You than we thought, we pray!

Amen

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