When Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ question about the timing of the coming of the kingdom of God he said, “the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Why were they asking him when the kingdom of God would come if it was already in their midst? The Pharisees had determined for themselves what the kingdom of God would be like and how it would come. How often do we do the same thing? The lesson for us is to learn to live in submission to King Jesus today regardless of the exact details of the "last days."
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” 22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
Practice The Way of Jesus:
In 2 Peter 3:11, Peter says: "....what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming."
This week, ask yourself: how can you live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming? Consider the areas in your life that may need repentance and seek counsel from a trusted and godly friend for support.