1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
When my wife was pregnant with our youngest child she felt the pains and we rushed off to the hospital after dinner one Monday evening. After being checked out by the doctor we were sent home with the assurance that the baby wasn’t coming any time soon. You guessed it. We were back at the hospital in a few hours and our daughter was born before dawn on Tuesday. Paul continues from the above verse by telling folks to be alert and watch out because we don’t know when God will do something big. Some people and churches get a little crazy about “end times” stuff but all of historic Christianity has affirmed that “He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end” (that’s from the Nicene Creed- one of the earliest and still regularly used statements of faith). The point is that time and history are heading somewhere. When we get to that somewhere we may understand these teaching about it differently but we are to live now in vigilant expectation because things can change rapidly, in the blink of an eye. Most people have a story about the way their lives changed course in an unexpected moment. Paul says the same will be true for the big story of humanity. This week think about what you need in order to be alert and ready for God’s sudden, unexpected movement.