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Devotionals 2011 - 2012

Preoccupied
April 12, 2012 By Ed Wrather

04.12.2012

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. - Matthew 24:37-39.

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. - Romans 13:11-12.

In La Crescenta, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, a man had an unexpected close encounter with a four or five hundred pound black bear. After hearing a helicopter (which was tracking the bear), Vaz Terdandenyan walked outside his apartment to see what was happening. Vaz was also texting his employer at the same time. He later shared this: "I was walking down the stairs, and I looked up and saw the bear coming up the stairs towards me. So I turned back and ran for my life." (Orange News 04.11.12; Syracuse dot com 04.11.12)
 

Vaz Terdandenyan was preoccupied with thoughts of his day and of life when he nearly walked into the paws of a bear. We have all seen videos of others who have been focused on texting while walking and experienced unpleasant consequences. I remember the video of a woman texting and walking into a hotel swimming pool. I read recently of a woman texting while walking down a pier, and then she walked into a river. According to the New York Times (01.08.12), more than a thousand people seek emergency treatment resulting from texting while walking.

The Lord Jesus will return for those who know Him as their Savior. It is called, the rapture, when Jesus returns in the air for His followers, and the apostle Paul writes about this in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord."

The apostle Paul tells believers in Romans 13 "it is high time to awake out of sleep." In other words, we need to stop our preoccupation with the trivial things of life because the Lord could come at any time. "Therefore," Paul says, "let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light."

For those who do not know Jesus as their Savior, the days prior to the flood are a warning when the people then, "were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark." So many people are just as preoccupied with the trivial, mundane things of life, as was the man who nearly walked into the bear. If a person does not know Jesus as their Savior, it will be much worse than walking into a bear, to be left behind here on this earth.

Open your eyes! Open your heart! Open your mind! Jesus is coming again, and that time is closer than ever before!

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