On May 19, 1780, the skies over Hartford, Connecticut blue skies turned an ominous gray and then completely black in the middle of the afternoon. Many men fell to their knees, thinking that it was the end of the world. In the Connecticut House of Representatives, some men began to call for an adjournment to the meetings. But the Speaker of the House, a man named Colonel Davenport, said, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish, therefore, that candles may be brought.” He wanted to be found doing his duty. He wanted to be faithful.
As Christians, that should be our desire. We should want to honor Christ. We do not know the day or time of the Rapture when we will be taken to heaven. But we should be found faithful and doing our duty when that happens. So we should seek to be faithful to Christ throughout our lives. We could be taken to heaven at any moment, and if we are, we should be found faithful to our task at that time.
In Luke 18, Jesus told the parable of a woman who continuously went to a judge for help in order to teach a lesson about the importance of persistent prayer. We must constantly be in prayer. But Christ also asked a question at the end of the parable to prove a point. Luke 18:7-8 says, “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” God will answer prayer. But Christ also asked the question of whether or not He would find faith on the earth when He returned. The implied answer is “No.” For the most part, people will turn away from God, and times will grow worse and worse before Christ’s return. We will not make the world better and better until Christ finally returns. No, the Bible says things will get worse and worse. For the most part, people will turn from God.
But we should still seek to be found faithful. Although many turn away from God, we should continue to be faithful. If the Rapture happens while we are still alive, we should be found faithful and doing what God has called us to do. Joshua 24:15 says, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood**, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua committed himself to the Lord. Even though others might turn away, he was committed to remaining faithful. We must have that same commitment in our lives. So the questions we should ask ourselves each day is, “What am I supposed to be doing today? What am I supposed to be doing right now? If today is my last day on earth, would God be pleased with what I am doing?” When the Son of Man Cometh, shall He find faith on the earth? Will we be found faithful?
**“The flood” is an expression for the Euphrates River, referring to the time when Abraham and his ancestors lived in the land of Ur, east of the Euphrates, before the Lord called Abraham to the Promised Land.