Last Saturday, I was sitting in the living room of one friend and visiting with another. Today they are both gone. Our hostess suffered a stroke on Tuesday and expired this morning. My other friend, who lived alone, was found by her son this morning. Last week they were both full of life and plans, with things to do and places to go and people to see.
Evidently God had another plan. We are told that He does.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
I am reminded of the story about the three minions of the devil who are brainstorming the best way to recruit people into hell.
The first said “We’ll just convince people there is no God.” But that suggestion was rejected because there is a God-shaped hole in every soul that draws breath.
The second said “We’ll cast doubt on the veracity of the Bible. After all it is simply a myth written by men.” But that suggestion, too, was rejected because of the extra-biblical writings that confirm the scriptures.
The suggestion that was adopted, however, was this. “We’ll acknowledge God and the scriptures, but we’ll just convince them there is plenty of time.” Procrastination has invited more people into eternal damnation than outright evil.
Jesus himself warned us in this parable.
16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20But 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? 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:16-21 (KJV)
My friend, if you have been procrastinating your decision for God, please don’t hesitate any longer. He’s waiting for you, longing for you to come to Him in fellowship. Answer His invitation, today, please.