By: Joanna Zeiner
Today's Scripture: 2 Peter 3:12-15 (NLT)
Central Thought: God wants us to seek His coming, but He also wants us to do what we can to help others prepare for the day of His return.
The thief came right after I left the house. At first, when I returned from shopping, I didn't notice anything strange—not until I went into the TV room and saw a gaping hole instead of the VCR. Then it was the radio, then other small things. The iron remained in a pillowcase on the floor—the thief must have been scared away before finishing his work.
So quickly come—and lost. I had only been gone a short while and looked forward to a peaceful day alone. Now I wrestled with a sense of loss, even if it was only of material things. So helpless the thought, 'If only I'd not gone. If only I'd been more watchful. If only….”
I often hear people speaking of the glorious day when Jesus will come, as a thief in the night, and take His children away. And I also say, 'Do come, Lord Jesus!” But when I think of my thief and those wounded in spirit and body, those who haven't heard, those too damaged by life's horrors to really understand, I say, 'Lord let me not be selfish. Stay your hand just a little while longer—there are so many who still do not know.”
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I pray such selfish prayers. I usually think of my own circumstances, my needs, my desires, and give little heed to the needs and circumstances of those around me nor of those in hidden parts of the world far away. Lord, do come! But, help me live, Lord, with no 'If only…” regrets.
Today's Bible Reading: Daniel 6:1-28; 2 Peter 3:1-18; Psalm 119:129-152; Proverbs 28:21-22