Today, in America, pretty much every day seems like just an ordinary day. There are a few special days like birthdays, holidays, maybe a vacation, possibly a family wedding or graduation party, but for the most part, it’s a routine life. We sleep, eat, work, shop, get together with friends & family, mow our grass or plow snow, fix our houses, and on and on. Sometimes we have to deal with medical issues, relational problems, addictions, crime, deaths of loved ones, and some weather related damage issues, but all in all, it’s a pretty routine life for most of us. These routine days are essentially the days we should be aware of our surroundings as you’ll see.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Noah and the ark. God had given him a command to build this massive ark (boat) in the middle of dry land because He was going to flood the earth. In addition to the command to build the ark, God assigned Noah as a preacher & prophet. Noah was to warn the people to repent and return to God or else He will destroy the earth. In between his sermons, Noah worked on this massive ark using the blueprints that God had written for Him. I’m pretty sure everyone thought he was a lunatic.
“5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:5-8
“11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh,[c] for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.[d] Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. Genesis 6:11-14
Ironically, no rain had fallen to the earth prior to the flood as God had been watering the earth from beneath the ground as well as providing a mist for His plants and trees…
“…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land..” Genesis 2:5
So, when Noah talked about the rain and the flood, people had no concept of what Noah was talking about, really didn’t care to know what he was talking about, and pretty much ignored everything Noah said. They went on buying and selling, eating & drinking, plantings & building and partying it up.
Jesus uses the parallel of Noah’s and Lot’s stories, relating it to a time when He would come back. He said that He will come back when it is a routine, ordinary day, like every other day. There will be no huge sign of a world-wide earthquake, tsunami, or other large catastrophic events or even aliens prior to when He would be revealed.
“26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”[j]” Luke 17:26-35
Even in the days of Noah, Noah and his family were aware of the time at hand. They were fully aware of the time of pending judgement. The flood did not take them by surprise. They had been preparing and were ready, intently listening to God for His commands. They obeyed and they were not taken off guard, but were instead saved.
“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[a] you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children[b] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Father God, Keep our ears and eyes tuned in to you so that we know when to look for you. Keep the excitement in our hearts for your return as you have promised in your word. We definitely don’t want to be caught off guard, sleeping, or just generally uninterested in seeing you return. For those who are not seeking you, we ask that you wake them up so that they might be on guard. Thank you for all of your promises in your word. We know you are faithful to keep each and every one of them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.