ARE YOU READY?

For What Tomorrow May Bring?

This morning on Facebook I discovered another of my classmates has passed away. This comes on the heels of a good friend of mine experiencing a heart attack last Thursday, without any warning. I have attended three funerals in as many months and have several nephews in the hospital suffering the aftermath of a covid experience.

It makes you stop and wonder, what if that had been me? Are you ready for what comes next? In my lifetime, over and over I have heard people say, there is nothing after death. You just enter a great abyss from which you came. What if they’re wrong? What is going to happen to you if there is a judgment after death? It’s a 50-50 gamble, do you feel lucky?

More and more historians and archaeologists are proving the existence of Christ. And over 2000 years since the Bible’s been written no one has been able to find a contradiction or unproven fact within its pages. There is in history, which is completely separate from the Bible and its teachings, proof that many people saw Christ after his death, walking and talking. If, in fact, they have not disproved the Bible, chances are pretty good that there are truths within its pages. So that leaves this question, are you ready for what tomorrow may bring? What if it were you that had the heart attack? What if it were you that had the collapsed lungs due to Covid? Again, I ask the question, are you ready for what tomorrow may bring?

Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that the Bible is real, true, and the word of God. In its pages there are explicit guidelines to avoid eternal damnation and accepting the pro-offered gift of eternal life. He said He would return, to judge the whole earth. You don’t get to make your own rules, or your own timing or regulations. From the moment you were born your days on this earth are numbered. And when you reach that number, you will be gone from the love, and the life you have known.

How can you be ready? You can do what the jailer did when he asked the disciples: ” What must I do to be saved?” “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9-10

Do you remember playing the game ‘hide and seek’? One would close her eyes and count while the rest run and hide awaiting the statement; “Ready or not here I come!” You remember how the rest goes, one by one the people would be found, until all were caught, then the game with start another round. Life is not like that; it is one round and done. When you’re caught your time is up and there are no do overs in life. Are you ready for what happens next? It amazes me that people will buy a lottery ticket when their chances are one in several million to win, yet they still buy the ticket. Your chances of facing judgment day are 100%, are you willing to be unprepared for that moment?

This is one of my favorite songs.

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

The Isaacs

I don’t know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey
I don’t worry o’er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I’ll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow,
And I know who holds my hand
I don’t know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty
But the one who feeds the sparrow
Is the one who stands by me
And the path that be portion
May be through the flame or flood
But His presence goes before me
And I’m covered with His blood
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand
But I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds my hand

As parents we are told in the Bible to raise our children the fear and admiration of the Lord. It is our desire as parents to prepare our children for what life will bring them in the future. Isn’t it also our responsibility to prepare them for what the future brings after life? Sit down with your children and read the Bible and find the answers together.

As writers we love to write love stories, and life stories about having second chances at love, and do overs in life. But the reality is, we are not guaranteed tomorrow, we must live for today and be ready if tomorrow never comes.

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Luke 12:19+20

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  Proverbs 27:1

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. Romans 13:11

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