Sunday Devotional: Be prepared!

Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

2020 has been an annus horribilis — a year of great adversity or misfortune. A disastrous year of a virus outbreak used by governments to restrict our fundamental freedoms and wreck economies. 2020 also was another season of wildfires and power brown-outs and shut-downs for those living in California, not all of whom are “Progressives” who voted for a state government that contributes to the wildfires via its forest mismanagement. For conservatives and patriots, 2020 ended even more disastrously with a suspect election ridden with fraud which, we are told, counter-intuitively elected a man with senile dementia, whose campaign rallies were attended by handfuls of Democrats. In contrast, tens of thousands attended each of the rallies of the other presidential candidate, who was winning by a landslide on election night until vote-counting in battleground states was abruptly halted. When the counting was resumed the next morning, lo and behold, the dementia candidate suddenly leapt ahead to “win” in those crucial states.

The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Yes, 2020 was an annus horribilis. But today is the beginning of something most joyful — the first Sunday of Advent, a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, and of His return at the end of all things.

Did you know that the coming of Jesus the Christ had been foretold in the Old Testament? How cool is that! Below are some examples.

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Jeremiah 23:5

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

Jeremiah 33:14-15

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.
In those days, in that time,
I will raise up for David a just shoot ;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.

Micah 5:2

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Numbers 24:17

there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Psalm 16:10

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 22:1, 16, 18

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
they pierced my hands and my feet.
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Zechariah 9:9

behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Zechariah 11:12

So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

And how are we to be “prepared” for His coming? By being “blameless in holiness“.

1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Brothers and sisters:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. 

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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William
William
1 year ago

Thank you, for me this is timely. We recently had a visit from my Lady’s former pastor and his wife who just happened to be passing through. We talked about the escalating spiritual warfare we are engaged in and I mentioned that I was late coming to Christianity and still struggled with innate skepticism that impedes my final leap of faith. She looked me straight in the eye and said, with quiet urgency, “don’t wait too long”

Happiness Noel
Happiness Noel
1 month ago
Reply to  William

You will get there William! Keep finding God’s word and people who delight you and keep you in love with Him on the journey! Youtube full of endless videos of amazing pastors, Bible studies, prayers, music, endless content to lift Your heart within the family of God. I now realize that your post is 11 months old. Oh well, I am praying for you right NOW 11/29/2020

TrailDust
Admin
1 year ago

Amen, wake up every day and seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness.

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

And with Your Spirit, Amén. Human beings are not yet ready for the Lord’s second coming. When we humble before HIM, know we’ve done good and we are in peace with our conscience, HE will answer our call.

chemtrailssuck
chemtrailssuck
1 year ago

I’ve always wondered how bad was it in the days of Noah?

William
William
1 year ago
Reply to  chemtrailssuck

Look around you

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
1 month ago

What a wonderful and reassuring message for these troubled times . . . God lives, and just as he came to Earth several thousands of years ago, He will yet return to gather the righteous unto Himself. God Bless each and every member of the FOTM family.

Happiness Noel
Happiness Noel
1 month ago

Lord thank you for this site! Finally a place for me!!!!

Melody
Melody
1 month ago

Dr: What a powerful message to all who will listen; God Bless You; cannot wait to meet you and hug you in Heaven on that day. oxoxoxoxox

TrailDust
Admin
1 month ago

“Advent,” what a beautiful word! He is coming! ❤️