thiefinthenightRead 2 Peter 3:9-14
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (v. 10).
The business where I worked had an unwelcome visitor. The last employee locked up and went home. The late-night visitor gained entrance with a pry-bar and proceeded to do thousands of dollars of damage and also to steal some computers.
If only we had known he was coming! If he would have had the courtesy to call during business hours that day and let us know what he had planned, we could have prepared. We could have hired a guard for the night, but thieves in that part of the country do not give advance warning.
A thief in the night is a far cry from a welcome guest. Yet for those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior, His return will bring the same element of surprise as would a thief in the night. Then again, while His coming will be “as a thief in the night,” He did let us know that He is coming. He even taught us about what would be going on in the world just before His return.
Jesus also told us what we need to know and be prepared for His coming. Those who repent, believe, and obey will be taken to heaven with Him. Those who reject Him will suffer needless, eternal loss. (Mark Avery)

Get ready; Jesus is coming.

This is the Tuesday, September 30, 2014 devotional reading of Opening the Word.
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