“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Matthew 24:36 KJV
As Jesus said, nobody knows when the Son of Man(himself) will return. That knowledge is for God and God alone. I consider this a blessing.
We know not when because if we knew the day, hour, minute, seconds what would we be doing prior to that time? What would we not be doing? Where would be the heart’s intention?
Many of us who attended college did procrastinate on certain essays; papers; projects; thinking, I know what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it. I’ve got plenty of time. No need to raise your hand. Do we procrastinate in our walk with Christ?
Many of us upon receiving news that our days will be cut short because of a fatal illness, would go out of our way to do everything we love. From traveling the most beautiful places in the world to spending our last days with our friends and family. We might also feel humbled to give away our prizes possessions. Yet we must ask ourselves, if our lives weren’t ending would we be as charitable to others? Would we be loving to others, even those we wrong, or who have wronged us?
Then of course you would have those of us with the mentality “I can do whatever I want for now because I know when Jesus is coming. Surely I can just turn my life around at the last second.” Some of us who already believe Jesus is coming also believe we are guaranteed a place in the kingdom, so we do whatever we want now.
We should seek to do good out of love for God, others and self, not just because the clock is ticking. Also knowing the hour while knowingly doing the wrong thing, then waiting till the last minute to give our lives to God would not seem genuine. God knows our hearts and why we do what we do.
As a hymn goes,
“He will come, let us watch and be ready;
He will come, hallelujah! hallelujah!
He will come in the clouds of His Father’s
bright glory but we know not the hour.”
2 replies on “Better Not Knowing When”
Thank you for the thought-provoking post. I completely agree that not knowing the day or hour of Christ’s return is a blessing, as it encourages us to always be ready and live a life pleasing to God. My question for you is, how can we stay mindful of this and avoid procrastinating in our spiritual lives?
Love the question and happy to share. There are so many answers. One way is with daily prayer. We must give ourselves; daily to Christ because each day we face obstacles and snares that will test us. As human beings whether we be believers or not we are going to experience challenges in any from. There is power in prayer.