LIVE IN URGENT EXPECTATION 01/27/2010


"Plan ahead: It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark" (RICHARD CUSHING).

Live for the future. Christians should live every day as if it were the last. This gives you an exciting expectation that makes your life far more productive. Jesus used Noah as a "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come. But know this that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes" (Matthew 24:37-44).

There is great excitement in knowing that Jesus will come for you very suddenly. It will be like the flood in Noah's day. One man was living in expectation for 120 years, working every day to prepare for the event. He saved the human race. He also enjoyed an enthusiastic life which did not waste time.

Likewise there is great joy in working to get people saved when Christ returns. It gives you urgency in your work and a hope for your future.

WISDOM KEY: "Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes" (Matthew 24:44).

Absalom led a conspiracy against his father, King David. He plotted secretly, gathered an army, and set out to kill his father and take his throne. But David had heard of this and responded quickly. He took his family and rushed into hiding. When Absalom's army burst into the house, there was no one there but ten servants. They were publicly raped. If David had not been prepared, he would have lost his family, his life, and his throne. But because he was ready for a sudden attack, he prevailed: "And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword" (II Samuel 15:14).

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