“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.
It is deeply perplexing and troubling for me that Lord Jesus puts carousing and drunkenness in the same sentence as ‘the cares of this life’. Carousing and drunkenness are so obviously wrong and nasty. Tending to and worrying about ‘the cares of this life’ seems so necessary and almost responsible. And then to describe it as being ‘weighed down’? Doesn’t that just indicate how mature and responsible one really is when they tend to the cares of this life and those cares weigh on their mind? Only flippant, lazy people ignore the cares of this life and live nonchalant and fancy free, right?
Honestly, I never knew how hard it would be. I may often pridefully think of myself as NOT a carouser or drunkard; yet, my sin is black with the cares and distresses of this life. What a prig I am. How insidious is this sin that seeps into my psyche and seems so noble. Who do I think I am? I am a sorry sinner plagued by the lowliest, most immature temptations. There is no excuse for such faithlessness. It’s just pride and self centeredness highlighting the lack of faith in my life.
The overarching challenge in all of this, however, is that even the most natural distractions can easily take our eyes off of the skies ‘from whence cometh our help’. A great day really is coming when Lord Jesus will return in power on the clouds just like we regularly sang about at the 4th Street Church of Christ when I was a boy. His return is promised and Scripture enjoins us regularly to keep our eyes on the skies in order to be ready. We must be watchful of His return as it keeps us faithful in our wait. If we do not stand by faith, we will not stand at all.
Lord Jesus, help our unbelief. Have mercy on earthbound sinners. Redirect our focus to the skies. You are the Lifter of our heads. Maranatha.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”