(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Matthew 24:37-38, "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark."

Summer is a busy time for people. We celebrate special events. We have special projects. We take vacations. We work extra, while the weather is good. We carry on with our lives. We eat and drink, marry and give in marriage."

It took Noah a long time to build the ark. All that time, people had a chance to see what was happening and get right with God. God gave them decades to find favor with him, like Noah did. However, people just kept on with their lives.

Jesus says that up to the very day Noah went into the ark and God shut the door, people just carried on like nothing was going to happen. Noah preached righteousness, but the people were too busy living their lives, "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage," too busy supporting the lifestyle to which they had become accustomed to listen.

Jesus, the sweet little baby in the manger, the compassionate healer, the good teacher, the sacrificial savior warns us that a day is coming. The coming of the Son of Man will be on a day like any other day. We could be at work or school. We could be in the drive thru at McDonald's. We could be going to the fair. We could be on vacation. We could be preparing for a wedding or a Labor Day family reunion.

The question is are we busy finding favor in the eyes of the Lord, like Noah, or just busy about our own business? Are we too busy making a name for ourselves to lift up Jesus' name? Are we too busy making a living, to thank God for the life we have? Are we too busy going 60 miles an hour in every direction, to be still and know that He is God?

Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and he and his family found salvation, when the flood came. The coming of the Son of Man is just as sure and final as the flood. Will we be too busy "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength and find salvation when the Son of Man comes?

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