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.”
Time changes can be so annoying. Even just a one hour difference can completely throw us off! Daylight Saving Time has arrived and I find I am always checking the clock. I am not sure when to be tired or when to be hungry. But I am not the only one confused. This time change is used in over 70 countries and affects one billion people every year! It was first used in Canada in 1908. Throughout history, the changes have varied between two hours, 20, 30 or 40 minutes!
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 something for which we need to be prepared. We are to understand our times, the present time and the time that is to come. Thankfully, 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). I need to keep an eye on that clock!
Lord, wake me up today!