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Matthew 24:38-39 – In those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Luke 21:34-36 – Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Romans 13:11-12 – Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Psalm 34:16-17 – The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

     Ever see a player skate with his head down in a game? It makes me cringe, because it’s only a matter of time before they get lit up – knocked down by a crushing body check. There’s too much going on to not pay attention and the opposition is too good. This is why all players are taught to skate with their heads up. Scripture repeatedly warns us to not go through life with our ‘head down’, blind to truth and what is happening around us. There is too much going on and the opposition is too good. We have to keep our head up, or we’ll get lit up.

     When Noah lived the earth was full of people with their heads down. The Gospel of Matthew tells us they were ‘eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage’ – they lived their daily lives, going to work, enjoying family, enjoying the moment – probably celebrating these marriages with their family. Doesn’t sound so different from us, does it? But every intent of the thoughts of their hearts were only evil continually (Gen 6:5). They went about their business blind to what was coming because they had no concern for God – and by the time they understood, it was too late – they were lit up – destroyed by the flood – and worse, facing judgment before the throne of God.

The days of Noah are a warning to us – a warning echoed in Luke 21:34-36. There was a judgment coming in the days of Noah, but there is another one coming when the Son of Man (Jesus) comes again – and Romans 13 tells us ‘the night is almost gone, and the day is near’! Therefore, it’s time to lay aside the deeds of darkness, to hide from evil, and put on the armor of light and seek good.

     It’s a senseless question to ask what you are blind to – but a more relevant question is what areas you might have your head down and need to pick it up? Your home life? Opportunities to be generous or to serve? Is your heart weighted down with the worries of life – like Jesus warns against in Luke 21? Are you mindful of what the Lord expects from you? Do you seek after Him in everyday life? If not, you’re like a player carrying the puck with his head down – it’s only a matter of time. I pray none of us would be like the people in Noah’s day who lived lives without concern of God, with their heads down – but rather, with heads up, we would be mindful to seek the Lord diligently and do what He asks. He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

Do you feel like you’ve had your head up in your relationship with the Lord – being mindful to seek Him and ‘walk humbly with your God’?

Are there other areas of your life where you feel blind and there may be traps, landmines, or pitfalls?
For additional reading see Proverb 27:12, Luke 21:7-28, Matthew 25:1-46

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