Where’s the Guarantee? – Good News for November 14

14 11 2008

Luke 17: 26-37

Jesus said to his disciples, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.

So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.

Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.

I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.” 

They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”

The Daily Path: I know first hand how difficult change is. I’ve lived through it many times in my personal life, my corporate life, and now in my spiritual life. As humans, we just don’t do change well. We want to find comfort in certainty. We seek peace in surrounding ourselves with what we can count on. But in all cases, change requires work. It requires courage to let go, and it requires faith… mountains of it.

Of the three, it seems that faith is the dealmaker or breaker. Noah and Lot didn’t have a “money back guarantee” that they would see a return on their investment. It was all or nothing. Mrs. Lot didn’t have enough faith and lost everything. She had to choose between the comfort of what she knew and her God. Imagine how Lot felt. He lost what he knew and loved, too. But he loved God more and in return, he was saved because of his faith.

I don’t care to dwell on having to choose between the family I love so much here on earth and my God. It’s too frightening to even consider. This feeble little mind would rather consider how to build an ark around me and fill it with those that I love. And when the rains begin, maybe I can deliver them all safely to God.

However, there is no guarantee that even if I could show them the path, that they would follow. That’s between God and them. All I can do is try… and be certain that I’ll need even more strength, courage and faith on my end.