My wife and I were remembering what a great week we had as we were waiting for our plane to board in the Managua, Nicaragua airport. Just before the scheduled boarding time a loud buzzer went off. Airport officials waved to us to come and follow their directions. Of course I didn’t speak any Spanish so I couldn’t ask anyone what was going on. All I knew was that everyone was being evacuated from the airport terminal. We walked across the tarmac and waited on the grass as they separated the men from the women. We finally learned that this was an earthquake drill. However my wife noticed something strange. When we were waiting in line in the terminal we notice several people who were in wheelchairs. Looking over the folks who were evacuated across the tarmac, not one of them was in a wheelchair. They were left behind in the terminal.
I’m sure had this been an actual earthquake they would have not left those in wheelchairs in the building. This event made me think of another group of people who will be left behind. Jesus promised to return to earth one day to gather those who believe in Him and take them to His Father’s house. Paul describes this event in 1 Thess. 4:16,17 with these words: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord”. This glorious event is called the rapture. Those who have not trusted in Christ will be left behind to endure a severe tribulation that will come upon the earth.
One day the earthquake of God’s judgment will come upon the earth. The warning buzzer of God’s trumpet will sound and those who know Christ will be caught up. Make sure you have placed your faith in Christ and don’t be left behind.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation