Prayers are appreciated – her name is Louava and my dad’s name is Troy.
This immediately brought to mind the suddeness of her fall. It’s funny how we wake up each morning and we expect to make it through the day in one piece. We expect for everything to be the same when we get home in the evening as when we left in the morning. We forget how fleeting life is and how it can all change in the instant.
Before I was a believer, I used to still understand deep down in my heart that if I died without Christ, I would go to Hell. I didn’t want to go to Hell. I had been in church enough growing up to know Hell was not where I wanted to spend eternity.
So, what did I do about it? I stuck my head in the sand. I put my hands over my ears and closed my eyes and sang, “lalalalalalalala, I’m not listening.” If my thoughts came even close to thinking about dying, I would quickly and firmly push them into a box and ignore them.
When I did actually let the thought of myself dying come into the corner of my mind, I would assure myself that when the time came, I would have time to “get things right” before dying. I really thought that. That I would actually have time to “get saved” at that last instant. However, the Bible tells us in Job 14:1-2, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue.”
James 4:13-14 says, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas 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.”
God calls us “a vapor”. That is how fragile our lives are. Just like a vapor that comes from a boiling pot, it soon disapates and is gone. How silly of me to think that me, just a vapor, could just say to God, “Hold it just a minute, I’m not quite ready for You to take me. I need just a few minutes so I can get saved”?
Ecclesiastes 8:7-8 says, “For he does not know what will happen; So who can tell him when it will occur? No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, And no one has power in the day of death. There is no release from that war, And wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.”
What an arrogant thought. And what an insult to the Cross of Jesus and the blood He shed to save men from their sins, for me to make it so cheap that I could just slide into salvation at the last minute.
But that’s what being lost does to you. It makes you arrogant and self-righteous. It makes you think that you have all the time in the world to do and live however you want to. You’ll get right in the end…no problem.
Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 also says, “Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.”
All this to say… Don’t wait! You could be gone in an instant! Romans 10:13 says, “For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”” Call on Him…be saved! Do it now. You may not have another chance.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.