1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape (1 Thessalonians 5).

Life is about expectations. We live out our day, following that which we expect will come our way. Even laughter and weeping are all about expectation. We laugh at a joke because the punch line is not what we expected. We complain when circumstances do not match our expectations.

Yet the worst scenario involves unbelievers who expect “peace and safety” only to experience “destruction” instead. They think they are secure, yet in the end their sins find them out, an awful payment is due, and there is no “escape.” I can only imagine the utter horror of someone crying out “Allahu Akbar!” before blowing himself up—and then coming face to face with the eternal God of the Jews. Or, the complete shock of a nominal Christian living a moral life as best he can, before dying and then facing a holy Judge who casts him into the fiery pit—because he has trusted in his own righteousness instead of Jesus.

Lord, our trust is in You! Help us This Day to live in expectation of Your love, mercy, and grace. Amen.