When I arrived home from work that day, things were seemingly normal. Everything around me looked familiar. Nothing unusual assaulted my senses until I entered my home. And even at first I did not notice anything unusual had happened.
I reached the spot where I kept my remote control and it was missing. It was at this point I noticed my TV and stereo missing. I started searching my house looking for my treasured items.
Room after room was searched and I saw things missing and things trashed. A thief had broken into my home, but that was impossible. I had installed the best security system modern technology could provide.
“Oh, no” I thought to myself. It occurred to me that after months and months of setting, resetting and keying in my password, I grew tired and weary of going through the motions to set the alarm. So I stopped. Oh, I didn’t just stop all at once. Over the last several months I gradually stopped doing certain procedures until finally I didn’t even set the alarm to the front door as I left today.
Now, a thief has come into my home and has stolen thousands of dollars worth of my most treasured objects; many of which can not be replaced. If only I had known a thief would come today. I would have set my security system and would have been ready.
“Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matt 24: 42-44 NET
Michael, this is a very good illustration you have used to demonstrate what being prepared for the coming of the Lord implicates. We just never know when it will happen, though we suspect it may be very soon. Thomas