The county we live in is located in the Central time zone, but the Eastern time zone begins about 20 miles north and 30 miles east of us. The line between the two time zones zigzags throughout the state.
Usually, my phone receives a signal from a tower located in our county so that the phone displays the correct time; Central time. However, occasionally, here at the house, it displays Eastern time, or one hour earlier than it actually is. This discrepancy isn’t a major problem as long as I am in a room that contains a manually set clock, because I can reassure myself of the correct hour. But put me in a bedroom in which there is no stationary clock, and let me awake to find that according to an inaccurate phone I am supposed to be at an appointment in 3 minutes, and then we have a problem.
Spiritually, many of us accept the fact that we have an appointment which we must all keep. The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Heb. 9:27). Most of us accept the fact that we do not know exactly when that time is, nor through what means we will leave this earth. All we know is that one day we will exit this life for eternity.
However, our mortal mind just can’t seem to grasp the fact that it could be at anytime. It’s as if there are signals coming in from two conflicting towers; one showing that we have plenty of time to get ready and the other warning us that at any point in time, we are just seconds from eternity. For most of us, we like thinking that the signal from the slower tower is causing our minds to display the “correct” time. We don’t like to think about death. We don’t like to meditate upon the brevity of life. We want to believe that we have many more years to inhabit and explore this world.
Even as we get older and the inevitable wisdom that comes with age tells us that our appointment is just a few more moments away, we still want to argue with the clock and say, “That can’t be right!”
Yet it is, and it continues to click off those precious seconds until one day it truly is time for our appointment with our Creator.
The best advice anyone can give us is always be ready.
Are we heeding that advice?
4 “O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! 5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah 6 Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! (Psalm 39:4-6 ) ESV
14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that. 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:14, 15 ) ESV
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