Text:“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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 5:1-3.
In the text for today, St. Paul is saying that because the leaders of the world were depending on their abilities to make the world a better place, the crisis they are trying to prevent would one day erupt just when they thought they had achieved their aim of ensuring global peace and security. (Matthew 24:14) The scenario painted by St. Paul in today's citation, is already being manifested for all to see. The Telegraph newspaper noted in its June 8, 2016 edition that, “The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict.” That apart, the British newspaper, the Daily Star in its online edition of October 8, 2016, regretted that instead of making progress towards peace, “the only progress we are making is inventing more and more sophisticated ways of causing more and more violence to fatten the pockets of vested interests – namely arms manufacturers”. Man cannot therefore help himself because he pursues his personal interests and not the general interests, most of the time. It is God Almighty we should look to for lasting protection and peace. “Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary …- Isaiah 8:12-14.