Updated: Feb 26, 2022
They wined, they dined, they celebrated life’s most meaningful events, but they were not ready.
This is how it was in Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900. Galveston was a large, bustling seaport and the second richest city per capita in the US at the time. But a storm was on the horizon. In fact a category 4 hurricane was on its way. Weather forecasting techniques were not very advanced, but there had been warnings. No one took them seriously.
They got up and went about their day as any other on the day the deadliest hurricane in the history of our nation took 6,000 to 12,000 lives. Simply because they did not prepare for its coming.
This is how it was in the days of Noah. This is how it was when fire and brimstone descended upon Sodom and Gomorrah. And this is how it will be when Jesus returns.
“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:27
Noah, a man who lost his life in preaching God’s message of righteousness, saved his life. For 100 years he got lost in preparing for the flood and his family, 8 souls in all, was saved.
It would be one thing to lose your life in a hurricane because you did not heed the warnings or know a storm was coming. It is another to lose your soul for all of eternity because you spend your life ignoring God and unprepared!
We cannot imagine nor suppose the lost have not had an opportunity to prepare for the return of Christ. The lost will stand before God without excuse.
No excuse, because all of creation declares the glory of God. God has revealed Himself to humankind through everything He has made. (Psalm 19:1-4, Romans 1:19-20).
No excuse, because our conscience bears witness of the law of God written in our hearts. (Romans 2:14-15)
This is sobering, I know and offensive to our sinful nature. But the imminent return of Christ is just on the horizon. It may be today. There is nothing we have to do today that is more important than getting lost in the preparation for His return.
“Even so, come Lord Jesus.” Rev. 21:20
Loser Bible Study Series Theme Verse:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated destroyed in Luke 17:27, our verse for today.