“Whether Awake Or Asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16 – 17, HCSB) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 2) We do not know the day or the time, just as we do not know when the thief comes to rob our home. We are able to prepare for the thief, but we can not read his mind; we can not determine the day or the hour he will arrive. So is the Day of the Lord.

“We who are alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 15) Both the dead and those who remain alive will be equally surprised, equally delighted.

For the dead will rise first, and those alive will join with “them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.”

“Stay awake and be serious.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 7) “For God does not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who dies for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we live together with Him.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 9 – 10)

“Like A Thief” (2 Peter 3: 10 – 11, ESV) by Carley Evans


“The Day of the Lord will come like a thief.”

No one knows the day or time a thief will enter the house to steal the silver. So it is with the Day of the Lord. No one knows when “the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved.”

No one knows when “the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”

Therefore, exhorts Peter, “since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by [Christ] without spot or blemish, and at peace.” (2 Peter 3: 14)

God’s patience is our salvation, says Peter. God delays His Day of judgment in order to gather His sheep to His pasture, so that none will be lost.

“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3: 11)

“To this end, we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1: 11 – 12)