A CLOSER WALK
by Pastor Bill Meadows
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die:; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2);
In our everyday life, we are continually doing things at a certain time. We awaken and we also go to sleep at a certain time of the day. We go to work, and we rush home at certain time. We eat, watch TV programs, attend a host of social events, watch the news, we read the paper, and we take care of our personal grooming all at a certain time each day. Our trains, our planes and our buses all arrive and depart at a certain time of the day.
Seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall all come and go according to an appointed time. Let’s take a look at our clocks. Beginning a 12 midnight until 12 midnight the following night is one 24 hour period. We sleep for at least 8 hours, 8 hours we work; and we eat, socialize , and spend personal time at our home for at least 8 hours. A full day, time well spent, huh? Plenty of free time on hand we say.
Well, let’s consider the way we use the time that God has allowed us to use prepare ourselves to meet Him. “ And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment“. I’m sure that you have heard it said many times, that in due time we all shall die, but for now let’s eat, drink, and be merry for who knows how much time we have. “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)? Just when things are going good, the best times of our lives, then without warning comes our turn to die.
Well that’s life, my friend. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). We also see in Ephesians 5:15-16 these words, ”See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” So we need be very careful. “Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time” (Ecclesiastes 7:17)?
The Bible tells us that God sent His only begotten Son to die so that we may live (when, just in time)! If we accept Him as Lord and Savior, when the time for His return to earth comes, we will indeed rejoice with Him. So right now please prepare yourself for that time because, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). This tells me that we are not in control but that God is the One who controls the time and seasons. Just trust Him!
You’d better hurry. Make your choice today. Now is the appointed time for our salvation. Confess your sins, and accept Jesus as your Savior, because tomorrow “There should be time no longer” (Revelation 10:6).
Don’t let “time” run out on you.
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