The time was the 19th of May, 1780. The place was Hartford, Connecticut. The day has gone down in New England history as a terrible foretaste of Judgment Day. For at noon the skies turned from blue to gray and by mid-afternoon had blackened over so denselythat, in that religious age, men fell on their knees and begged a final blessing before the end came. The Connecticut House of Representatives was in session. And as some men fell down and others clamored for an immediate adjournment, the Speaker of the House, one Colonel Davenport, came to his feet. He silenced them and said these words: “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.” (Robert P. Dugan, Winning the New Civil War, 183)
We live in very dark days. It seems as if the end of time might be very near. So what do we do? Do we adjourn from life and wait for the Lord’s arrival? No! When the Lord returns we want to be found faithful! That’s the crux of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 4,
to exhort us to faithfulness. Lord encourage us today from our study with a sense of duty to be found doing Your will when You come for each of us.