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November 7 – The Coming Of The Son Of Man

“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”  Matt. 24:37-39

Devotional Thought For The Day

We might be interested as to how things actually were in “the days of Noah.”  Moses discusses the “marrying” that was taking place – cryptically, between people who knew God and people who did not.  Quickly he gets to a description of the result of this disintegration of faith and love for God:  “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. And the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.  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.'” [Gen. 6:5-7]  The rest is history, and we do well to keep the description of the great flood in mind – for “so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

The description of Noah’s time intimates that things were going well socioeconomically, so that no one had an inkling of the doom and judgment that was gathering.  Though people were producing and promoting great wickedness in the earth, and “every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil, continually,” people were oblivious to the real nature of both their inner being and their behavior.  The party was on and consciences were completely blunted – men and women were living like brute beasts, but at least they were having “a good time” at it.  They were convinced that the future was bright and that nothing could stop them from doing whatever they wanted to do, whatever their sinful hearts desired.  Any sense of God’s displeasure, or of His power to judge and dispose of them as He pleased, was completely absent.

It appears that we may have reached a tipping point in our own time.  The partying and immorality [which includes both the destruction of unborn children and the perversion of the natural use of our bodies within marriage] continues to grow stronger, with less and less people aware of God’s negative judgment on this and His power and will to act against this self-destruction and wickedness.  God has nudged us with hurricanes, earthquakes, drought, floods, and wildfires, which have exacerbated our economic woes caused by human selfishness, laziness, and greed.  Still, people seem unaware of the pending Day of the Lord, oblivious to what is coming upon them – just like in the days of Noah.  There is apparently little repentance and as a whole, no inclination to change direction.  So be it – but let us take care not to be swept away in this tide.  The great day of God’s judgment is still coming – though we know not when, precisely.

It is a time to quietly take solace and consolation in the gracious love, mercy, and forgiveness of God – to give Him thanks and praise for His gift of salvation and eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus.  It is also a sobering time, a time to enter into God’s sorrow over the rebellion and wickedness of humanity on the earth.  It is a time to pray for the repentance and conversion of our fellowman – before it is too late.  It is a time to take great care that we not contribute to the darkness, ignorance, and wickedness going on all around us.  It is a time to remember that “now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” [Rom. 6:22]  It is time also to pity those who are oblivious and unaware, those without Christ’s freedom.  Lord, have mercy!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, it is hard for us to let loose of the ties we have with the goals, dreams, and hopes of our fellow citizens – when it becomes apparent that we simply cannot abide their insistence upon evil.  Grant us the consolation of the communion of saints, and peace and constancy as we wait for Your return in glory.  Preserve us in repentance and faith to the end – that amidst the clamor of terror on that day, we may look up and rejoice to see You.  Amen.