Here I am, sitting in the computer room, thinking about the world’s current events and wondering how the Lord would respond if I ventured to express my opinion. Another volcanic eruption should be enough to draw our attention back to our Creator, but then I wonder if it will draw anyone’s attention to the desires of our Creator. Do we really simply accept the happenings in today’s world, while tragic, as just normal events in a technical world? It would seem so because here we are reading about Israel and more of the same, how God’s people in God’s country are being persecuted and the world is so busy that we often do not even pray. What should we be doing? Maybe it is past time to simply say “thank you, Lord” which we rarely do and begin to plead for mercy; maybe it is time to reevaluate just where we place value and what we are willing to pay for mercy and actually how thankful we can and should be.
Many of us do realize that prayer can move mountains, but we often fail to utilize its benefits until we have a problem. Could it be that God is trying His best to help us understand that we are simply frail, often not smart, individuals who need a Heavenly Father’s wisdom and heart. He is probably saying to Himself that He left us a book of instructions, the ability to read and understand and a Savior to rescue us when we failed. What else could He have done?
I believe that our God loves His children, but every parent knows that eventually a child can only learn through the events that happen in his life. Reading and study help by showing us pictures, but until something actually confronts one these days it is all too easy to put off answering the question – what can or should we do now? We do our best to prepare for a new job, but just how much time do we spend preparing for tomorrow’s eternal home?
I believe we are living in a time when more of us think about our eternal home, but time passes so quickly and we have a way of postponing things that are not current. Just maybe we shouldn’t do that any more. James told us in his book …you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away (4:14). Most of us live with the thinking that even though time is passing we will have tomorrow, but that might not be the wise thing to do. Lately we have been made aware of how time can instantly change. There are; people in this world that had a home yesterday, but today many of them are without. Can we afford to put off decisions that will affect us for eternity?
Jesus said Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him that overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne (Revelation 3:20-21). I think all of us, deep down in our hearts, know that is what we want to do for eternity, but we also have a tendency to believe that we can start doing those things tomorrow; surely that will be soon enough. True, it might work that way for some, but we have to know that we cannot be sure and we might not end up a part of the some.
It is true, isn’t it, that most of us will take out insurance just in case our health fails, or we have a loss that we simply cannot afford to replace because the money is just not there. I do not know of any insurance that we pay for that will be our assurance of entering into God’s kingdom, but I do know that there is One who has paid the price for my entry if I will just accept his payment and follow as He leads. May we face reality and find comfort in the words of the Psalmist – Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me (130:10).