Forcast: Storm

When a storm is heading our way and everyone is talking about its certainty, do you find yourself watching the Weather Channel so you're informed on the storm's intensity, or do you turn the TV off and get prepared for the storm?

It seems like a lot of us are more interested in the storm's strength than we are in getting prepared for it to hit. We watch the European models and the "cone of uncertainty" and the spaghetti lines and even the radar images of the eye of the storm. All of which is interesting and sometimes even mesmerizing. But, at what point is our action more important than our awareness?
This Sunday, September 5, we will be in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 where the Apostle Paul speaks of a coming storm - "The Day of the Lord". The Day of the Lord will be a time of destruction and devastation. This storm - "Day of the Lord" - will destroy nations, leaving the strongest there defeated and dying. This storm - "Day of the Lord" - is no secret. We know it's coming, although we don't know when. We know of its location and its overpowering strength. We know it's coming and we know it's connected with the second coming of Jesus. We are very informed in the Bible about the Day of the Lord and Christ's second coming. Our awareness is off the charts when it comes to this big event prophesied in Scripture. But doesn't our action pale in comparison with our awareness? I think it does.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, Paul speaks of the day of the Lord which comes as a thief in the night and brings with it destruction and pain that people will not escape from.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11, Paul speaks of how we as Christ-followers are to live in light of the day of the Lord coming. In light of Christ's return to set up His kingdom.

I wonder if I spend more time and energy trying to understand the event of 5:13 than actually believing it will happen and getting prepared for it.

Here are some verses that will shed some light on the day of the Lord and on the importance of being prepared:

Look up and read:
Joel 1:15, 2:11, 3:14
Zechariah 14:1-5
Malachi 4:5
Isaiah 13:6-9
Daniel 7:4-5
Revelation 18:16-20
Isaiah 2:17

May we all make sure we are prepared for the second coming of Jesus because He is coming again. He is coming to judge. He is coming to wage war. He is coming to establish His kingdom. He's coming to redeem His remnant of Israel. He IS coming!!!

So please stop thinking about what a mighty storm this will be and start making sure you're ready for it.

God Bless and See you Sunday,
Pastor Paul

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