It’s a trap! With these words, your senses are heightened. The mass production of chemicals such as adrenaline tells your body to alter normal function for the moment. Your heart rate increases. Your pupils dilate and your vision tunnels. Blood flow is directed to your muscles primarily preparing them for reaction. Your hearing dulls. Your lungs work faster to draw more oxygen for the blood. Even your tear ducts and salivation are inhibited. Your body begins to burn its stored metabolic energy in your fat cells for a sudden burst of energy. You are on alert!
Jesus told his audience to watch for a trap. In the prophetic material of Luke 21, Jesus prophesies of near and distant events. Jerusalem will be surrounded and destroyed. It happened once already and in Revelation, it is clear it will happen again. He warns the disciples, “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35). What is the trap? Look back one verse and you will see Jesus references carousing and drunkenness, but He also says, “Take heed…lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with…cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). Jesus tells his followers to emancipate their lives from the cares of this world. The word “overcharge” is translated in Matthew 26:43 where the disciples’ “eyes were heavy.” However, Jesus had already cautioned them, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41)!
How can we cut the ties of these earthly affairs and live focused on the reality of Christ’s return and the final judgment of the world? Simply, know God’s word and take Him seriously. If He says, “It’s a trap,” then we should “walk circumspectly…redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
How certain can you be of God’s Word? “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). Everything God promised will happen.
I am firmly convinced, part of the reason the world wallows in carelessness is that the followers of Christ do not live with urgency. The truth of Christ’s return is recorded in our minds, but it is not reflected in our manner of life. If we do not take Christ seriously, why should the world?
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
The cares of this life are a trap! They are a sweet, seductive, slumbering trap. “Awake thou that sleepest…Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14).