1Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)
Many times throughout the Old Testament, the Day of the Lord is referenced. Isaiah 2:12 is the first reference, but also the prophets Amos (Amos 5:18), Joel (2:32), and Zephaniah 1:8. Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ second coming and Him calling up His followers both alive and dead. Today’s verse refers to what many prophets envisioned next, the Day of the Lord. A day when the Lord’s wrath against mankind would rain down on the people of Earth. Paul reminds the Church of Thessalonica that the day of the Lord will come “like a thief in the night,” at an unexpected moment of human history.
Well, just like yesterday when I mentioned how many Christians yearn for the day of Jesus’ return, there are also many that beg for the coming of the Day of the Lord as well. At least if God sent brimstone and fire down upon our world we would finally be done with all this useless bickering and unbelief. Then the whole world would finally believe and face judgement for the errors of their ways. But I believe that we can change the course of our history. We can save ourselves from the wrath of God, all we need to do is believe and change our ways. Our history doesn’t have to end in smoldering ash, we can be better, we can live better, we can love better. It’s easy. We’ve looked at how to do so all year long. Just keep it simple: love God, love people.
Reading plan: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 13, 14
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Free for all Friday-4 exercises at descending intervals (you’ll need a watch for this). We’ve done upper body, lower body, and abs. Today, we’ll do total body. For each exercise you will do six sets, each set is one minute. First set is a minute of straight work (do as many as you can), second set starts with 10 seconds rest, followed by 50 seconds of work. Next set is 20 second rest, 40 seconds of work. (Each set is 1-minute with your rest sets growing by 10 seconds until your last set is 50 seconds of rest and 10 seconds of pounding out reps).
- Clapping push-ups
- Alternating jumping lunges