In our study of 1 Thessalonians chapter five, we look at how we should be prepared for the coming of the Lord as well as living our daily lives. Paul gives us final instructions so that we can be prepared for the coming of our Lord.
"Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night." NIV translation
Paul reminds us here of Jesus' own words where He said that even He did not know when this day was going to be. There have been many people over the years who have chosen a day and said that "this is the day" but they have all been wrong. If you hear someone telling you that they know the specific day that Jesus is coming back, do not believe them as it is not from God.
"While people are saying, 'Peace and safety,' destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." NIV translation
Though we do not know the specific day or month or year, we do have some signs from throughout the Bible and one of them is in this verse. This verse speaks of a time when the people will feel peace and safety in the world and, in Revelation 13, we see a leader that promises such a time.
"But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness." NIV translation
We have the light of God living in us and His very Word to prepare us. Therefore, we should not be surprised like someone scared by a thief but should keep one eye turned to the sky for the coming of Jesus.
"So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night." NIV translation
Why do we not drink, do drugs, or other things like that? We see a good reason here in this passage. We know that Jesus could come for us at any time and I would not want to be drunk or drugged up when He shows up.