“You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4-6, 8–12, NIV 1984).
My Musings – So what is “a thief in the night like?” A couple weeks ago my son went to bed thinking about the apples on his tree that were nearly ripe for the picking. The next morning, much to his surprise, the apple tree had been picked clean. This happened in town, in the middle of a sprawling subdivision.
A thief comes at night, at an hour that is unexpected. When people are sleeping and he is unsuspected. A thief in the night has to be quiet so he won’t be detected. Under the cover of darkness, where he can be protected. But if the owner of the house (or apple tree), had clues or signs that the “thief” might be coming soon, they would be “alert and self-controlled,” prepared and not taken by surprise.
My Advice – Are you alert? Are you prepared for the day of the Lord? You don’t want to be taken by surprise and suffer loss.