Strange Times…Be Wise
“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts” (Psalm 90:12).
As the curtain draws over the year 2018, in retrospect, would you say you had lived it well? If the Lord should appear now, oh child of God, would you hear “well done my faithful servant”? Or the very thought of His coming sends chills down your spine? It doesn’t matter how we feel or what we feel, He is COMING BACK and we must be dressed ready for Him! Sadly, these are very strange times that make it very difficult to be prepared for His return. Those that ought to prepare the Bride for the coming of the Groom are either becoming blind, deaf or arrogant. That is why at this time each man must know God for himself: By daily growing in God’s Word in order to be able to discern between good and evil. Beloved, these are strange times and we need the Lord Jesus Christ to teach us to understand the frailty of our lives, so we can live eternally fruitful lives.
As strange as these days are, stranger still are the attitudes of those that have tasted the mighty power of God’s Word and had walked in His ways. Some Ministers, like the little horn in Daniel’s vision, make arrogant boasts and prophesy things they know nothing about. The fact that they had spoken in the past and it had come to pass, they arrogantly think they have a monopoly over God, to ‘use’ Him as a talisman against anyone they choose to. They forgot that they are but instruments in the hands of the Creator of the universe and He is the owner of their souls: “Does an ax exalt itself above the one who chops with it? Does a saw magnify itself above the one who saws with it? As if a staff could wave those who lift it! As if a rod could lift what isn’t wood” (Isaiah 10:15)! The Psalmist, by the Spirit of God, in the above Psalm, saw the frailty of man and the everlasting power of God to change the narrative of a man’s life. The truth is that man, at his utmost best is but a vapor, that is here today and gone tomorrow: “They are like grass that grows in the morning – in the morning it sprouts and grows, by evening it withers and dries up” (Psalm 90:5b-6). This simply means, the life of a man is fleeting. If we believe this, then we must be mindful how we live the time that has been allotted to us.
A young man once asked why seemingly godly people die horrible deaths. As much as we would love to rationalize and describe to him how good and loving God is and His reasons for allowing such; it tends to distract from the main purpose of the question. The truth is no man had control over his birth, where, when and how he was born; thus, such cannot have control over how, when and where he would leave it. Except such takes his own life; which is a sin. Our responsibility and what should truly concern us as man (male and female), is how to live a life that makes judicious use of the time allotted to us and not waste it on frivolities and actions that would not benefit us beyond this realm. This means, we need to ask the Lord for wisdom to understand this truth and to live a life that is worthy of Him, a life that will bring pleasure to Him, in this life and the one to come!
Beloved, life is indeed short, therefore, make each day count! Repair your heart, repair your ways and fulfill the purpose for which you were created: “Pay careful attention then, to how you walk – not as unwise people but as wise – making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). God bless you as you take stock of your walk with Him in the past year and prepare to do better, if He tarries!