Preparation and Timing

The man reported, “As I went to the door, to go to the storm cellar, a tree fell on the house and I was not able to get out of the door.” He had plans, good plans, but waited too late to implement them. This was a scenario or situation which was played out many times last Monday when the storms hit our area.

Many probably exclaimed Monday night that they had heard the weather warnings earlier in the day but failed to heed the warnings. Many thought that the storms would not be as violent as they were; many thought that they would have more time to take appropriate actions; many were wrong.

Notice the warnings from God:

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36).

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come (Matthew 24:42).

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh (Matthew 24:44).

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh (Matthew 25:13).

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation) (II Corinthians 6:2).

For some 2,000 years the warnings of the return of Christ have gone forth. For some 2,000 years God has warned one and all to be prepared. For some 2,000 years God has warned that one day it will be too late to prepare. For some 2, 000 years people have postponed, procrastinated, delayed, reasoned and justified their failure to prepare for the return of Christ and the judgment of the world.

In the account of the wise and foolish virgins: the wise were prepared and the foolish were unprepared. When the foolish virgins finally made their preparations the following statement was made to them: “Verily I say unto you, I know you not” (Matthew 25:12).

It would be the greatest shame in our lives to plan to obey the gospel and to plan to be faithful to God but to be too late when we decide to take action. Let us prepare and work now, for the night cometh when no man can work.




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