“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 24:36-44 NIV)
The Boone Mall parking lot is infamous for flooding during heavy rain. Yesterday was no exception as a cold front moved through our area, carrying with it torrential rains. The parking lot flooded up to the entrance doors of the mall. One weather prognosticator mused that Panera Bread was offering, “waterfront dining.”
But as always happens, some folks were not aware or not paying attention to the rising waters, and their cars were left standing in several feet of water. I assume they hadn’t heard the forecast for heavy rain or just assumed it wouldn’t get that bad. It seems in every bad weather situation, whether a hurricane, a tornado, or a blizzard, there are lots of people who just assume nothing bad is going to happen to them.
As Jesus pointed out, in the days of Noah there had been plenty of warnings that a flood was coming, but when it did, people were going about their daily lives as if nothing would ever happen. He warns that it will be similar when He returns for a second time.
How easy it is to get so enthralled with what is happening currently in our lives to miss the warnings of the danger coming. Going to school, making plans for the future, living life. Yet, we have been warned that one day Jesus will return. Just like when the waters rise, we should be prepared to move to higher ground to avoid getting swept away.
By His mercy the Lord has forewarned us His return is imminent. Are you paying attention? Are you ready? Today, think about your spiritual preparedness. Is it enough to keep you out of the danger that is surely coming?
© Jim Musser 2013