Most children enjoy a toy Jack-in-the-Box…once they get over their first shocked surprise. That moment when something pops out unexpectedly often brings tears. They are scared out of their wits. One moment they are happily cranking away, enjoying music. The next instant out pops some kind of puppet!
Every day we are faced with surprises. Some are good–like unexpected visits from loved ones, or finding a dollar in an old purse. Others, are not as enjoyable–a diagnosis of a dreaded disease, or a mechanic who comes to tell you that the car you depend upon needs some expensive repairs.
It is interesting to consider the fact that no one knows God’s timing. Christ never revealed it. In fact, Christ directs us on how to spend our time doing God’s work rather than worrying about our future. Once we have come to God through faith in His Son Jesus, our job is to live accordingly and let others in on how to find the same joy.
Paul, intent on hammering that point to those who kept asking about the ‘end times’ makes his position clear in 1 Thessalonians 5.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-3-But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
Don’t worry about the timing. Christ will return, but not necessarily when we might expect…so it behooves us to be ready all the time, conscious of where we stand with God.
Christians are to live ‘ready for take off’–praying, working, and going about our lives secure in our faith while working to be ‘approved’ unto God by studying, confessing, and living joyfully aware that whatever God’s timing we are assured we will be with Him…