MICHAEL’S MEDITATIONS, TUE., 11/17/2015
Who cannot be moved emotionally by the events of this past week in Paris, France? This attack on humanity received much media attention but actually, mass slaughters not unlike this have been happening in recent years with little media coverage, and each and every day, someone’s life is turned upside down due to unforeseen events. The reality is this: life is uncertain and can change on a dime. In our safe daily routines, we can be deluded into thinking our lives will continue indefinitely just as they are, or if there are to be changes, that we ourselves will have complete control. However, that is simply not the manner in which life works — maybe for a season — but as the years pass, and jobs change, people come and go in our lives, health issues arise, we begin to understand that we are here on this earth for such a short time. James 4:14 says, “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.”
The Bible says our lives are eternal, so have you considered your eternal destiny today? Wouldn’t the wise person want to get this settled right away due to life’s uncertainty? 2 Cor. 6:2 states, “…today is the day of salvation.”
The Lord God provides us with hope. If we were to look at our world and only focus on the things of this world, life appears hopeless. But with knowing Jesus comes hope. James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”- Isaiah 41:10. Psalm 29:11, “The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Psalm 121:7-8, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”- 1Peter 5:7. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”- Psalm 41:1
What do all these scriptures have in common? Each addresses life’s uncertainties and that Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy and faithful despite our human weakness and proneness to worry. My friends and family, may you find inspiration in each of the scriptures I’ve cited and if you have not yet made the choice to settle the question about your eternal destination, won’t you do that today by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart? It’s a decision you will never regret, your life will be made sweeter, and you will be eternally grateful that you did when you leave this world, as we will all do one day. God bless you and let us all stay focused on Jesus rather than the world.