28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
Living in the city we often hear warning sirens going off (be it police, ambulance or firefighters) . In some places, it might happen so often that you might not even notice it or ignore it all together. The other day, when I was having a regular Sunday dinner with my family, we heard sirens on the street. We noticed a smell of something burning, but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. Once we looked out of the window we could see from a distance on a mountain behind the building, fire burning and destroying the vegetation. It took a while for the firefighters to put the fire out, but thankfully they got it under control and no homes or people were affected.
In today’s verse Jesus reminds us of the lack of response and care of the people in the days of Noah (Luke 17: 26,27) and in the days of Lot. Noah tried to warn others about God’s judgment, but a whole generation didn’t listen to him. Similarity, Lot tried to warn the men that were promised to marry his daughters about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, and to save themselves, but they didn’t listen.
And so it will also be, unfortunately when Jesus returns -people will go about eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, and be completely oblivious to God’s warnings and face eternal judgement (Luke 17:24). May this verse stir up a missional passion within us, to tell people of the Good news that’s only found in Jesus.
Thoughts for the day
- When you hear about Jesus’ Second Coming, what comes to your mind?
- Are there any “warning sirens” in the way you live your life that you have been ignoring? Take some time to ask God, and bring it back to Him. It could be a sinful pattern, unforgiveness towards someone, etc
Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.