Thursday: August 27, 2020

Matthew 24:43 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.

There are reasons why things such as “warning signs or sounds exist”. Thus, whenever fire alarms, road signs or the emergency alarms in hospitals are present, they are indicators of potential threat to life or property, and interventions are required.

Rephrasing Matthew 24:43 would present this statement “if a home owner knew something was going to happen, he would do something about it”. Jesus makes it appear as an imperative, an unwritten rule, that any person would make a conscious effort to protect what was dear to them if they were alerted of an imminent threat to it. Yet, his words also hint at another kind of owner who may not follow this through: the one who may be well aware of the hour in which a thief was coming and still do nothing about it.

Probably because they trust the existing fortification of their house to stand firm or do not believe the thief has the potential or expertise to do any damage. Such seem to forget that the thief only comes to steal, kill and destroy, retreating only when one of these has been achieved. We might also consider those who just do not care at all for that one property because they have others to fall back on.

These are all reasons to be concerned but it is also true about us that sometimes, we also just stand back and watch things go wrong, making no interventions. Even when we foresee trouble on the horizon, we simply do nothing about them. If children, we watch on expect them to grow out of bad habits, if relationships, we expect things to work out by themselves. This is true both for our relations with God and man.

My dear, sometimes being still and doing nothing is the way to go, but when a situation calls for interruption and intervention, let us be swift to do so. To be forewarned, is to be forearmed.


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