SCRIPTURE FROM: Ecclesiastes 7:14 (TLB)
TEXT: 14 Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other—so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life.
OBSERVATION: When something becomes a certainty, we tend to take it for granted, because we believe that it will occur just like it did the last time. Depending on the season, or the time zone you’re in, we know when to expect daylight. So we build our schedules around that. So why would God indicated in His Word that there might be some uncertainty to things like that? Let’s meditate on that for a few moments….
APPLICATION: Although Solomon was the wisest, and the richest, and the ruler of a large nation, yet he knew that only God was in control of most things that he depended on daily. We are much the same today friends, but let’s ponder what the reason might be for that. Beginning with the thought: what if I had control of everything for a day? Can you see disaster looming in the darkness, as I look for my backup alarm to awaken me in time to get that huge light (the sun) going? Oh, but where is the light switch again? What did you say? I must set this whole process in motion with the click of a finger? Oh boy, I wasn’t taught that little trick! I know, it sounds like I’m turning this whole thing into a humorous story. But do you begin to see the complexities of all this? Yet God has all of this under His powerful control! Think with me about a newlywed couple. The husband arrives home at 5pm each day, and the wife is seen opening the door to welcome him home. Then one day the husband is 5 minutes, 10 mins, 15 mins late and the wife goes into panic mode worrying that he may have gotten into an accident. And by the time he walked in the door after 30 minutes of deep agony, pacing the floors, calling friends along his route home, and on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the husband waltzes singing a tune he heard on the radio during his delayed drive home. If this type incident didn’t happen, would you soon begin to believe that you live in a bubble in this perfect world where everything is controlled to your liking? In case you haven’t figured this out yet friends, our spouse could be in the same boat as a friends spouse last week who never returned home because of a terrible wreck that took his life of the way to work. I believe that God shows us the uncertainty of things to make sure that we are ready to meet Him when He comes back to earth for His bride – the church. When will that be? Only God Himself knows, so the onus is on us to be ready at all times. Are you, my friend? Jesus could return at any moment to collect us, and because I want to be in that number, I have committed my life to the care of my Savior. If there is uncertainty in your mind, please click on the link ‘To Know Jesus’ in my Footnote and allow the Bible to speak truth into your mind and soul.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thankfully we know that You created us; You accepted my request for forgiveness and saved my soul; You’ve shown me in Your Word, that You have prepared a new home called Heaven for other saints and myself; and I believe that You might even be waiting with opened arms waiting for my arrival to my eternal home! Regardless of the time lines on any of these events, I have a future that You have promised to those who have accepted You as Lord. I am standing by in deep anticipation, praise the all powerful name of Jesus, my Savior! Lord, please open the eyes and hearts of my readers. Please call those to You, who will read this and push it aside because they can’t fathom this connection with You while here on earth. However I pray that You will give Joy and everlasting happiness to those who know, without a shadow of doubt that they belong to You as defined by Scripture. As I look forward to That Day, please bless me as Your servant and witness to others, AMEN!
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