Have you ever stopped to think about the blessings you have been given in this life? Most of us will eagerly look forward to seeing what is under the tree for us at Christmas or wonder what our family or friends just might get us for a birthday. We wonder, but have you ever considered what you might actually receive from the One who made you for His world and whom you will see when your life is over; will it be a grand reward for the life you have lived or will you have to settle for banishment because you really weren’t very smart?
Considering equal opportunities we all have been given an awareness of something larger than we can actually imagine. For some who have followed the prodding we are aware of the fact that we have yet to receive life’s greatest blessing; for others the picture is not so good. Should that bother us? I know that you know the answer as well as I do, but what can or will we do about what we know? It just might be that the question is coming to the point of being asked and wringing your hands because you have stalled too long won’t do you any good at all. Yes, we know, the answer can be easily found in a book called the Bible; maybe we can get started tomorrow as soon as we have taken care of what the world has called us for today. Surely we still have time or do we?
In the very beginning of our recorded Bible God told Abraham – I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3). Can you imagine what a difference this would have made if evil hadn’t stepped in and caused man to forget what God had ordained. God didn’t say that He would bless everyone, but that He would reward those who blessed Abraham knowing that Abraham was following His will for creation.
Throughout the Bible we are given pictures of those who have faithfully followed our Lord and also pictures of those who did not. I imagine that many of you will agree with who should receive the gifts and who should not, but what will happen to those of us struggling today, especially since we are facing more evil in the world than ever before. Do we have or can we come up with the means to increase our chances of seeing and living in something that is totally beyond our understanding? It is amazing how little attention most of us pay with what might become tomorrow.
Isaiah challenged the people of his day simply – Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die! (22:13). Paul echoed the words of Isaiah knowing that the Savior had been crucified and risen again – If the dead do not rise, let us eat and drink….(1st Corinthians (15:32). James spoke plainly to the people of his day – For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away (4:14).
Before you start thinking that there is plenty of time left in which to change your habits, a wise person would seriously consider that there is always preparation needed in advance of death. We are apt to be diligent concerning our accumulated fortune, but what will matter most to those left behind? Ask yourself that question – if you are like many you will want to know that one day you will see them again, happy and smiling because they have found their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; a Savior who has always loved them and desired their presence in His eternal home.
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.