By Faith We Are Prepared (1)

Matthew 25:1-13, Amos 4:12

"... prepare to meet thy God..."

What is your reaction when you receive a warning? If the warning directly and seriously affects us, we may take it seriously. For example, we are scared of some signs, "Danger!", "Poison!" , "Highly Explosive Gas/Chemical!", "High Voltage! Beware of Electric Shock!" We also take our employer's warning seriously as we do not want to be sacked. However, some warnings do not affect our lives or health right away, and this makes many people take them lightly. Many know that smoking or drinking or some chemical in processed foodstuff is not good for their health, but they do not take it seriously. Some have not experienced the heavy punishment of a serious warning, so they take it lightly and are punished. It is the death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore and some other countries, but sometimes we still see a person who ignored the warning and is punished. God's Word says, "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished" (Prov 22:3). If we are prudent or wise, we shall take a true warning seriously to avoid any harm or punishment upon ourselves.

We may receive such warnings: "Run away from this city as it will be destroyed by an earthquake next year," or "Be prepared! The end of the world will be next December!" What will be our reaction to such warnings? Should we take it seriously? Not necessarily. These are only human predictions and their words are not trustworthy. Our Lord Jesus says, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only" (Matt 24:36). God's warning from His Word is trustworthy and we ought to take it seriously as it does not only affect our temporary lives on earth but also our souls for eternity. No matter what may happen to us next week or next year, we should be always prepared to meet our Lord right now as today may be the last day of our lives, "prepare to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12). Read Matthew 25:13.

THOUGHT: "Be filled with the Spirit" is God's command!

PRAYER: Lord, help me to know and submit to the Holy Spirit.

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