1 Thessalonians 5:1-5
“But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.” vss. 4-5
It was widely agreed in the early church that the Day of the Lord would come without warning like a thief in the night, and it seems there was considerable speculation about just when that would be. Many believers were hungry for specifics so that they could make adequate preparations and not be taken by surprise. In that context, Paul’s words to the Thessalonians must have seemed like a breath of fresh air. He tells them not to worry about that coming day. Only people who lived in darkness needed to worry and the Thessalonians were all children of light and children of the day. In other words, they had it made! They didn’t need to be concerned about the end. Paul’s words are worth our attention. When we walk in the light of Christ there’s really no point in getting caught up in all the talk about endings. When our end comes, as it surely will, everything is going to be okay. There is such a tendency among Christians to get caught up in debates about the times and the seasons and some spend endless hours digging for answers in obscure passages of scripture. It’s such a pointless exercise! There are plenty of things for us to worry about, but a date for the Day of the Lord isn’t one of them.