by Paul List:
“For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.” (Ecc. 9:1)
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I might bring you all to the consideration that our futures are unknown to all except the Lord.
We plan and strategize to the best of our abilities. We save and invest to the best of our judgement. In the end, we never know what tomorrow holds, or if we will see tomorrow at all. We might see brutal persecution for our faith, or general complacency. We stay strong in prayer and in the Word and the world still hates us because of His name. We should be ready for any variety of worldly interactions or reactions, good, neutral or negative. Our hope is not in this world, or in this life, but eternity.
The Christian wakes each morning expecting to wake up in the eternal presence of the Lord in Heaven. Each night when the eyes close for the day, the Christian should fully expect to never again draw natural breath. The Christian is at peace with this and looks forward to being with the Lord. When we go home is not up to us, but it is the Lord’s decision. What is our decision, is how we spend our days here on earth.
The world is watching our reactions to see if we will hit a home run, a God-honoring reaction, or if we swing and completely miss with a worldly, hateful, and hurtful reaction. Keeping a strong prayer life is essential to maintaining an eternal perspective when the world throws us a curveball. Stay strong in prayer, bring all of your concerns to the Lord, put it all at His feet and react to the world with dignity, peace, love, joy, patience and long-suffering. This is how Jesus handled the insults and beatings. He went to the cross not cursing His murderers, but asking His Father to forgive them. We cannot be Christians on Sunday only, but every eternal second. We worship the Lord in how we live; all of life is worship.
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the Earth hear His voice!