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The recent pandemic shows us how quickly things can change.

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[Darris McNeely] How suddenly is sudden? Or, how sudden is suddenly? Well, as we’ve learned in this COVID-19 pandemic, it can be very quickly, it can be virtually overnight. Think back to January, when we began to hear of a virus that came out of China reported out of Wuhan Province and the whole city over there shutdown. Thinking though, it can’t and won’t get to us, won’t be in America, won’t be in Britain, won’t be in our parts of the world and then February comes and we began to see reports of it and then, the calendar turns to March and it’s in our neighborhood. And suddenly, things change virtually overnight. President Trump went on and locked down our borders with all flights out coming in from Europe. The NBA changed its schedule, and ultimately soccer and other sporting events around the world were canceled as well as the Tokyo Olympics. And suddenly, we were working from home. Suddenly we were quarantined and in lockdown and all that we think about is this pandemic and its impact upon our life. And as we learned, suddenly means sudden, it means very quickly.

Christ talked about this and one of His key prophecies, really the key prophecy of the Olivet prophecy that He gave. The interesting passage is in Mark 13 beginning of verse 33, where He tells His disciples to take heed to watch and pray because you do not know when the time is, the time of the events of His coming. And as we look at what we’re going through, we have a big lesson to learn from this. He goes on to say, “It’s like a man going to a far country who left his house and gave authority to his servants and to each his work and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.” Christ is the man going into the far country here, the servants are His disciples and they are to keep watching, to keep doing and working under his authority. He goes on in verse 35, “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster or in the morning. Lest he come in and suddenly he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all, watch.”

Suddenly, the master could come back and if the disciples were not careful, they will not be watching and they would be sleeping. So, again, I ask, how sudden is suddenly?

Well, it’s pretty quick as we have learned in what we’re living through right now with this virus. And there’s a big lesson for us to take from Christ’s words. And that is to watch, to understand our times, to understand the Bible, Bible prophecy, to understand even our own life in relation to God and the relationship that we have.

How are you coping with what has taken place? How is it impacting your life? Is there fear? Is there courage? Is there uncertainty? Were you prepared? Most of us probably weren’t as prepared as we would like to be, but I think that most of us want to think that if something happens again, we will be better prepared.

We can take certain steps because emotionally and spiritually, we do want to be careful and we want to be prepared for any type of trial that comes and certainly something that is as large as what this pandemic is.

The prophecies that Jesus was speaking to here are bigger prophecies to come before His coming at the end of the age and what we’re living through right now is giving us an opportunity to pause and to consider. I think God is testing us and wanting us to learn. And one of the big lessons is to watch and to pray, to be vigilant because when things happen, they can happen suddenly. And that’s exactly what it means. So be aware, be watchful.

That’s “BT Daily.” Join us next time.

Comments

  • Oakridgemom
    Carol Lynn Lukander...good question. I would like to hear Mr. McNeely's response as well. I just listened to "Coping With The Pandemic" and think it gives more insight but still I feel I am not 100% clear because there is a lot of fake news and government conspiracy out there, sadly even from fellow believers.
  • Lynn@Jax
    Thank you for the informative and inspiring BT Daily messages! One question- what exactly does Christ mean by “watch”? Is it simply to be alert, remaining close to GOD or do we need to be searching the so-called “news” looking for signs of His coming? It is often very frustrating to sift through our modern news articles trying to determine fact from fiction (or partial truths), to understand what is really happening in our world! It would be so much easier to only worry about what happens within the fences of my own property, but my understanding of this scripture is that we SHOULD be paying attention to what is happening in the world and remaining close to GOD, praying for those who are suffering and our leaders. The other problem besides trying to decipher what is truth in the news, is dealing with all of the negative emotions after we read or watch the news. I find I need to take a walk and get out in nature just to “wash” away all of the negativity (Philippians 4:8). I would appreciate your thoughts on this! Thank you! Take care and please keep up your good work!
  • TP53
    As is was in the days of Noah, as is was in the days of Lots. Things happened very quickly. In one day. Thanks for the Beyond Today Daily's
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