Daily Devotion, 06/27/2018, “Everyday...”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 NIV Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
I wasn’t able to finish this devotion yesterday because of a call out I received as a volunteer chaplain from CPSO regarding a death in Lake Charles. As a chaplain, I do something called Critical Incident Stress Management sessions with officers after officer-involved shootings and other high stress events. I also do death notifications and interface with family members at accidents and crime scenes while the officers and other first responders work the scene. I also assist grieving families when a loved one passes away unexpectedly as was the case yesterday. Additionally, I’m the chaplain for Ward 1 Fire, which puts me on scene with them for major accidents, house fires, etc. All of that to say that I see more death week in and week out than the average person does.
I get asked sometimes why I don’t teach more on “the last days”or “the end times.”I don’t for several reasons but here are a couple. For one, Jesus himself said in Mark 13:32, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”I figure that if Jesus and the angels don’t know, I’m not smart enough to figure it out myself. Some say, “Aren’t you concerned that someone you love may get ‘left behind?’”Absolutely I am but that is a genuine concern regardless of if Jesus returns today or a thousand years from today. The fact that they are missing out on the blessings of God today and that they face an eternity without God tomorrow is plenty enough motivation for me to try to reach them with the good news. The reality is that, on average, everyday is the last day for around 151,600 people on the planet, most of whom do not know Jesus.
One last thought, any day could be my last day, which means these may well be the “end times”of my life. With that in mind, I want to live and love like it’s my last day every single day. As I see so often in my work as a chaplain and as our passage says today, death really does “come like a thief in the night.”
May you be a light to those in your circle today like you’re the last “light”they’ll see. May you live and love today and everyday like there’s no tomorrow. You are loved!