You would think this is a lesson I would have figured out before now. Sadly I had to learn a common lesson the hard way.
I was sitting at my computer working on a lesson as I always do, with one monitor set to the internet and one set to Microsoft Word. All is going well but then, after two hours of researching and documenting, it happened. There is a very brief power failure which causes the computer to shut down. As you can imagine, at this point I am having to remember the passage in Eph 426 which says, “26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:[a] do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” and of course the warning from Mt 12:36-37 “36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” So here I am trying not do or say anything inappropriate but I have just lost over 2 hours worth of work.
At this point I tried (to no avail) everything I could to get the information back. But no matter how hard I tried and no matter how much I wanted to believe that I could recover the information, all was lost. The power outage lasted maybe a second or two, that’s it. And in that short amount of time all was lost. The really sad part is I could have prevented this from happening if I had just prepared for it. I should have taken the time to save the information periodically as I worked, and that way, when and if there were a problem, I would be protected.
This got me thinking about what the Bible warns if we are not prepared for the return of our Lord. The Bible warns us about the day and time this will occur:
- Mt 24:36-39 “36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
- 1 Thes 5:1-10 “5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.”
- 2 Pet 3:10-15 “10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[c] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,”
My lack of preparation cost me two hours worth of hard work and time. Lack of proper preparation for the coming of the Lord will cost me an eternity.
Are you prepared for the coming of the Lord or when He comes will you lose it all?