Topic: Are You Getting Ready?
[DCLM Daily Manna 17 October 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Psalms 89:35-52 (KJV)
“What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?” – (Psalm 89:48).
A young child told her mother, “My Sunday School teacher tells me that this world is only a place in which God lets us live a while that we may prepare for a better world. But mother, I do not see anybody preparing. I see you preparing to go into the country and Aunt Eliza preparing to come here but I do not see anyone preparing to go there. Why don’t they try to get ready?”
The psalmist in our text laments his predicament. He had sinned and God’s wrath was upon him. In verses 46-47, he pleaded for mercy and requested that God’s wrath be not forever nor burn like fire as his time was short. He acknowledged that no man would live forever nor had power to deliver his soul from the hand of the grave.
Life is brief and time is short, yet many people further shorten it through carelessness, lawlessness, thoughtlessness and transgression. Some people, believers inclusive, think that everyone has a fixed, unalterable time to die. But they err. People like Lot’s wife, Balaam, Ahitophel, Absalom, the young prophet, Ananias and Sapphira should not have died at the time they did. Their actions and tragic end show that they did not realise that the time was short. Sin shortens life. By the estimation of how long they think they will live, many who do not understand life, think they can make right their way anytime they wish.
Soon the end of your life may be at hand; consider, therefore the state of your soul. Today a man is here; tomorrow he is gone. You should order your every deed and thought as though today were the last day of your life. If you are not ready to die today, will tomorrow find you better prepared? Remember, tomorrow is uncertain – no one is sure of it.
Thought For The Day: Live today as though it would be the last.
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