Day 12 ~ As a Thief in the Night

Day 12 ~ As a Thief in the Night

Day 12 ~ As a Thief in the Night

 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2

 

A thief as we all know is never going to give notice of his coming. And he prefers night to the day since that is when people in his targeted house, as well as their neighbors, will be fast asleep. “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.” (Matthew 24:43) They didn’t have safety alarms back then, so this was a good example to compare. Even with safety alarms, night time is preferred since its unexpected and unnoticed, not that I’m giving any pointers to wannabe burglars.

 

The use of this simile “as a thief in the night” is to express the unannounced coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sure He gave us a lot of signs concerning the last days, wars, rumors of wars, famine, earthquakes. But those are all just signs of last days. We aren’t told how often or how long they will last before His coming. The actual time of the coming of Jesus Christ is never recorded in the Bible.

 

But that doesn’t mean its a fable or a lost cause. It is written, so we can be assured that it will happen. We have a blessed hope, the hope of eternal life. Hope is worked out in our lives by patience, perseverance and remaining faithful to what we believe. His coming may be unexpected, but we have a responsibility no matter when He comes. We can’t say, we didn’t know or we weren’t expecting. We need to remain faithful to the Lord, all the days and moments of our lives. “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.” (Revelation 3:3)

 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

 

Biblical Similes - As a Thief in the Night

 

The Lord’s coming may be unannounced, as a thief in the night, but we must strive to remain faithful whenever He comes.

 

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