Expecting the Unexpected
April 13, 2021
Matthew 24:44 (BSB)
Readiness at Any Hour
43 "But understand this: If the homeowner had known in which watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.
44 "For this reason, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.
45 "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the others their food at the proper time?"
I always like to read the scriptures before and after the one that I am looking at. When I Google a scripture the Barean Study Bible always shows the before and after -- Verse 44 is my focus for this devotional. I would suggest that you look at some other commentary’s and compare notes.
Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers:
"(44) In such an hour as ye think not.--The words are important as showing that even the signs which were to be as the budding of the fig-tree at the approach of summer were intended only to rouse the faithful to watchfulness, not to enable men to fix the times and the seasons which the Father hath set in His own power. The apparent destiny of failure which has attended on all attempts to go beyond this in the interpretation of the apocalyptic eschatology of Scripture might have been avoided had men been more careful to restrain here also their efforts after knowledge "within the limits of the knowable.""
Father, it is my desire to be ready for You in whatever it is that You have planned for my life. I honestly know that it is so easy to get distracted and miss the turns that are set before me. I will keep my eyes on You, and I pray that I will be an example to others to also prepare themselves as well. In Jesus's name I pray, Amen.
Blessings on the journey, and remember that the best is yet to come.