Read Luke 21.25-36
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21.36)
We don’t know when Christ will return. Not knowing, we wait. Our waiting can take on the character of anxious dread. We can become obsessed with interpreting signs, second-guessing God, trying to figure out God’s timing so we can deal with our dread.
There was a man put in charge of his company while the owner was away. The more time passed, the less incentive the man had to follow the owner’s direction. He became lax in his supervision, hired family and friends who weren’t qualified. Due to his inadequate leadership, he lost long-term clients and failed to recruit more.
He began to take long martini lunches, spend hours at the racetrack, even pay for sex from local prostitutes. He tried to do anything that would dull his sense that he was failing as a faithful steward of his company. He knew he should set things straight, but didn’t know where to begin. He dreaded his boss’es return, but did nothing to prepare.
We can’t predict Christ’s return. We can only wait. Waiting not with anxious dread that leads to sin. But wait and prayer and prepare with faithful action.