Be Ye Ready
“We need to be ready.” This is a statement that Christians make quite often. And there’s good reason for that, as we have quite a few Bible texts that enjoin us to do just that.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
(Matthew 24:42-44 KJV)
The question then becomes: What are we waiting for, and in what way must we be ready?
Well that’s where things get interesting. The Bible does prep us for the future – mostly by instructing us about the past. Jesus indicated that the time just before the Second Coming would be very much like the time of Noah and the time of Lot. It should be noted that both of these scenarios represent periods before imminent destruction.
Noah was getting ready, and boy did that readiness involve some work.
Lot, on the other hand, was not close to getting ready. He wasn’t exactly laying about being useless, but his lack of preparation showed in the state of his family. They were not prepared to leave, and their attitudes ranged from outright hostility to highly reluctant departure.
History will be repeating itself, and we have been given an example of readiness and one of unpreparedness. While Noah had some indication of when the climactic event would occur, Lot absolutely had no idea that the end of his life in Sodom had arrived until he was taken by them outside the city (Genesis 19).
We have been given enough instructions in Matthew, Luke and Revelation to guide us in our great work of preparation.
We must watch, pray and be ready.
Just one month ago, we experienced snowstorm in the NY metro area. Some areas received up to 19 inches of snow!! Because the weather had been rather warm up to that time, so many of the trees had all their leaves, and snow covered leaves are heavier than you might thing. There were so many branches and trees that broke, taking out power and communication lines, that some people were without power or internet services for more than a week! Even now, one month later, much of the tree limbs and branches remain on the ground throughout NJ.
We had a couple days warning about that storm, and yet many found themselves woefully unprepared when it came. Will the same be said of us for the earth’s final events?
The time to prepare is *before* the events have transpired. Not during.
And get ready.
The instructions are all there…