Have you ever wondered what if the Lord suddenly came in the middle of the night while we were sleeping or we were in the act of doing things against His will like stealing, arguing, cheating, lying, killing, or just simply slept that night but with full of hatred, anger, bitterness, selfishness in our hearts and things like that? How are we going to face Him if the Lord came and we were caught in the act of sins? What if we have not even confessed yet and asked forgiveness then He suddenly appears? That would be too late for us to repent. There will be no more time left and judgment day finally comes.
“For you know quiet well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
I can never forget just few nights ago, we were awaken at 3:00 am by a strong thunder and lightning. We were very surprised it was going to rain that night because we were not aware there was a storm coming. I woke up because I thought there was an earthquake! I felt the wall was vibrating and we were disturbed with all the car alarms from outside like there was a chaos going on. As we opened our door to check what was happening, a strong lightning struck all over the sky and it went so bright like something just exploded so we shut the door right away. It was the first time I’ve heard that extreme loud thunder and that lightning scared me to death, as if it would strike our roof right that moment. But worst of all, the sound of the thunder was really terrifying, it sounded like a very angry voice coming from heaven.
Then I asked myself was I ready yet if that could be the day of the Lord? And I started praying and tried to convinced myself that it’s not probably yet the end time, but just a glimpse of what more terrible things could happen. If you don’t read the bible you wouldn’t know the signs from heaven and on earth before Jesus returns. There is really going to be a great disaster on that day and for those who are not aware and ready will be in great fear. So, as I tried to calm myself down I was just praying to God that no matter what happens I just have to trust Him that He will keep us safe or just be ready for what’s going to happen next.
If something really terrified you and felt so scared and helpless just remember (in any bad situation) to put Christ Jesus in your heart and you can overcome your fears just like the kind of faith prophet Daniel and King David had. And if ever the final day comes just have faith, whoever believes in Jesus as Our Savior will be saved from the day of wrath. Jesus will come to save us not from dying or getting hurt but for our salvation. We will all end up to death but not everyone will have eternal life after death. It’s important to read the bible everyday, to take time with the Lord and understand His words. It will teach us all about God’s promises from the beginning until the end of time. Bible helps us prepare for the judgment day. A preacher said, “Prepared heaven is for prepared people.”
I was glad those terrifying sounds finally stopped and I was able to go back to sleep. I really felt that was an experience I would never ever forget and I’d like to share it to everyone. At the same time it was a reminder that we should always be ready and prepared any time,any day and any moment because the Lord will come and appear on earth unexpectedly. It will just happen without warning and no one can stop it. Every single day is a blessing! Until the sun still shines, embrace it as a sign of hope, as another chance to repent, as another day to let go of all the bitterness in our hearts so we can enter heaven and be ready to face the Lord anytime. We never know when the end of time is coming or when we are going to die it’s all up to Him, being prepared is all we can assure right now.
So live in faith not in fear!
“When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:3)