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COPING WITH STRESS

March 5, 2016

Saturday

 

Luke 21:34

 

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

 

 

LESSON

 

That day” is the day of His return, not the destruction of Jerusalem, since it would “come on all” arth-dwellers. Jesus did not want His disciples to be unprepared for His return. He did not want them to be so self-indulgent and selfish that they disregarded His return. In that case, it might catch them “like a trap.” Even though believers should be able to anticipate the Lord’s return by the signs that precede it ,they may become so entangled in the affairs “of life” that they lose sight of it.

Take care not to be overtaken and overweighted by care is the simple and intelligible paradox of the text; in other words, have a wise care lest you have much care that is unwise. There is a carefulness that is eminently godly and worthy, the absence of which is not only faulty and dangerous, but even guilty and fatal; but there is another carefulness which is an excess, a wrong, an injury in the last degree.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 37:5

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