“You must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Luke 12:40
Jesus is coming again and this time he is not coming as a baby. The one and only time I can remember my parents going away for the weekend, my three brothers and I, led by the oldest, then 18, decided to see what would happen if we froze and then opened a can of A&W root beer. The can of root beer exploded all over white sheetrock walls and a stucco ceiling. We were focused on cleaning up the mess—focused inwardly—when my parents suddenly arrived home without warning. We experienced judgment and wrath.
God’s word is clear: Jesus is coming again. We pray, “Come Lord Jesus” and “Thy kingdom come.” Today, as we stand in the cusp of Advent, the season of expectation, hope, and waiting for the coming one, we know that only the Father knows when that event will take place. The question for God’s people as we wait, Tom Petty says, “is the hardest part.” As we wait, living between the already and not yet, the question is, “How then shall we live?”
Prayer: Lord, help us live and serve outwardly in mission, seeking first your kingdom, living as those ready and with our lamps lit. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by
Chaplain (MAJ) Glenn Palmer, 1 AD Division Artillery, FT Bliss, TX.