Scripture for Today: Romans 13:11 “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”
The time left on the “doomsday clock” is not very encouraging. This symbolic clock reads 2 minutes to midnight, or 2 minutes to a global man-made catastrophe! The members of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists started the doomsday clock in 1947. Since then, it has read as much as 17 minutes to midnight (1991). This year marks the third time it has shown 2 minutes remaining. Nuclear risk and climate change are the factors that influence the clock.
Today’s verse talks about an hour that has already come; the hour to wake up from spiritual slumber. The night is almost over and the day is about to arrive. This is not a doomsday clock for the believer, but it is something for which we need to be prepared. We are to understand our times, the present time and the time that is to come. God’s Word gives us signs for what is coming. Although there are lots of different ideas about how to interpret them, one thing is sure; our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed!
It is easy for me to be sleepy and to believe that things will always continue as they are. I need to “wake up” and realize that my time is limited. Knowing that Christ’s return could happen at any moment changes my priorities and how I live. When I live with this certainty, it makes me want to live a pure life that pleases Him (I John 3:2-3). I want to live wisely, making the most of every opportunity the Lord offers me (Eph. 5:15-16).
Lord, wake me up today!