Matt. 24:37-39 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Never heard of hurrication. It’s my own word. Kind of a combination of evacuation, hurricane, and vacation. For some people, Isaac is all about the hurrication. From the first spaghetti models they had that gleam in their eye, “What are you gonna do for the storm?” At 4 am this morning I got up to watch the latest updates for Isaac. The news people were out and about, this particular report came from Bucktown. They were interviewing people about their impressions of the storm (anyone outside in Bucktown at 4 am is up to no good). Three young people were interviewed who had obviously been drinking all night. It was live television. Let’s just say their language was hot and spicy. For them, it was all about the hurrication.
Then there was the traffic jam on Monday afternoon. Again, more interviews from the media from people stopped along the way. This looked more like a tailgate party at Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night, hurrication in full display.
Today’s scripture verse is describing the feeling in the culture at the time of the return of Christ. Jesus compared it to those who perished in Noah’s storm, they partied until the flood waters took them away. Jesus said that would be the climate at the end of the age when He returns. Just like the days of Noah, the vast majority of people are not aware of the coming judgement and the implications of being away from the Lord. The results were catastrophic at the flood and will be catastrophic when the Lord returns.
Maybe these hurricanes are just reminders of what really matters in life. Houses can be rebuilt, bridges can be restored, lost personal items can be replaced. The one thing we cannot afford to lose is our soul. What advantage is it for someone to have all the possessions in the world and lose his soul. If you haven’t figured it out yet, our life is not about week ends, football, or vacations. Our life is about knowing Him. Maybe Isaac; like Katrina, Rita, and Gustav before; is about gaining our attention. Could it be that the Lord is saying, “Hey, remember Me! Remember My Son and His love for you? Remember what is important in this life. Return to your first love”.
So today, when you’ve got some extra time on your hands, look to the Lord. Open up your Bible and listen for His voice. Maybe this was not about a couple of days off to just sit in front of the television, maybe the Lord has something else in mind. I’ve heard He likes to walk on water in the midst of a storm.