While people are saying, â€œThere is peace and security,â€ then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief
How many individual words do you think are being spoken all around the face of the globe in this precise moment?
Based on a current world population of 7.5 billion people, multiplied by an average of 16,000 words spoken per day, divided by waking hours and other basic standards of time measurement . . . the estimated total is somewhere around 2.1 billion words per second.
Thatâ€™s what being spoken, right this second.
Billions of words.
But this number is about much more than math. Itâ€™s actually of substantial importance. Because if you could drain away the small talk from each of those conversations, boiling them down to their basic messages, hereâ€™s what nearly all those words are communicating: â€œThere is peace and security.â€ The cacophony of ceaseless human chatter is collectively saying what the Bible summarized years ago as the hypnotic drumbeat of earthly life. As far as the future goes, as far as any need for God is concerned, people whose understanding is darkened are saying, Iâ€™m just fine. Iâ€™m good. Iâ€™ll be safe. Nothing to worry aboutâ€”Iâ€™ve got this.
In other words, â€œpeace and security.â€
Yet a day is comingâ€”â€œthe day of the Lordâ€
In that moment, â€œpeace and securityâ€ will prove to have been a traitorous mantra.
But this does not have to be your future. â€œYou are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.â€ We know full wellâ€”from Scripture as well as personal experienceâ€”that Christians are certainly not exempt from suffering in this life. But there is zero chanceâ€”absolutely zeroâ€”that God will leave His children on earth to experience what the day of the Lord will be like. Those who turn from their sin and embrace Jesus Christ by faith will not be standing under the deluge when Godâ€™s wrath toward human evil starts raining down.
So donâ€™t fall for the easygoing nonchalance of a â€œpeace and securityâ€ posture toward life. Donâ€™t be tempted to find your peace and security in anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ. If the apostle Paul could say things like, â€œWork out your own salvation with fear and tremblingâ€
â€œTherefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fallâ€
Father God, thank You that in Your perfect justice You cannot ignore sin, but that in Your perfect mercy, You provided a rescuer in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to see reality according to the truth of Your Word, and help me to be an effective witness to this truth among those who are walking in darkness. Thank You that there is still time for lost people to embrace Jesus as Savior. And thank You that, although this world cannot provide true â€œpeace and security,â€ You can and You do. Thank You for the great hope of the churchâ€”that Jesus Christ will return and we will be with Him forever. I pray this in the name of our King, Jesus. Amen.
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