Good evening to everyone. I hope this finds each of you well and ready for a great day in the Lord tomorrow. I also want to remind you to set your clocks ahead an hour before retiring tonight. Sure wouldn’t want you to be late.
We had a great turnout at our Bible study this morning. It was so good to see some that had not been there in a while due to health issues. But God has been good and has done a great work in the lives of several of our group. We heard another great story by one of our brothers this morning about how he was brought from death unto life and how God has worked in his life ever since that day. Although each story we hear is different it is also the same. We are continually reminded that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word is powerful and His promises are wonderful. He never fails.
In the past few weeks I have experienced a number of sober reminders of just how short and so very fragile life really is. Three people I have known from different walks of life have passed on from this world and into eternity. One was an elderly gentleman who had an impact on my life as somewhat of a mentor during some of the early years of my walk with the Lord. He lost his wife in an automobile accident a number of years ago and never seemed to have gotten over that. The second one was a high school classmate and a member of my graduating class. He battled cancer for several years and won a few of the rounds but lost the final battle. I’m not sure what is relationship was with the Lord but I do know that if he placed his faith and trust in Jesus somewhere along the way, then he has a home with Him. The latest one was a precious cousin of mine who was a few years younger than me. She had suffered numerous illnesses for the past ten years or more but maintained a constant positive attitude and never wavered from her faith in Christ. She was a tremendous witness to her family and all of those who came in contact with her. However, she has now found her final rest in presence of the Lord. My heart goes out to her family, especially her mother, my aunt. She has gone through the loss of her parents, her siblings and her spouse but now has experienced the loss of a child. I can only imagine that this must be the most difficult of all.
All of the above instances have a common thread running through them. Life is short and death is sure. Our situations and circumstances are different but we all have to face the fact that our time is coming. I have been reminded this week that we don’t know when that time may be but we can know that we have hope in His promises. The biggest question is “Where do we stand with the Lord?”. Is our calling and election sure? It can be because He made a way for us. Thanks be to God that the end is just the beginning!