“Will you be there?” is written on the front of the envelope. I probably will never know what the content of the letter is all about, because the letter is not addressed to me. It goes back to the sender.
But what a good question. I am reminded of my eternal destiny.
Not long ago I came across the Maori proverb, which says: “INA KEI TE MOHIO KOE KO WAI KOE, I ANGA MAI KOE I HEA, KEI TE MOHIO KOE. KEI TE ANGA ATU KI HEA.” “If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.”
I know that I am a child of God. I know also where I come from. “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female,” the Lord says in Mark 10:6, referring to Genesis 1:27. That is significant. As a child of God I know where I am going. And as a child of God I am also certain about my eternal destiny. I enjoy the certainty with confidence. I give also praise to God for the certainty.
Are you familiar with the hymn “When the roll is called up yonder,” by James Black, who lived from 1856-1938?
The hymn has three verses. The first verse begins with “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more, …” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). I love that!. And all three verses end with “I’ll be there,” including the chorus.
I know that “I’ll be there.” Why? Because it says so in the Bible. In 1 John 5:13 we read, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
But now the question is “Will you be there?” You can know!
“Who do you call?” it says almost in the center of the page. It is a page in the newspaper, where you find the adverts.
You call an Electrician for all aspects of electrical work.
You call a Stonemason for all aspects of rock work and repairs.
You call “Shower Solutions” for Installation, Repairs & Shower Domes.
But who do you call for a guilty conscience?
You call the Lord Jesus Christ for a guilty conscience.
In Hebrews 10:22 the Bible says:
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
I know for sure that “A clear conscience makes a soft pillow,” was used many years ago as a church sign.
“STOP THINKING TOO MUCH, IT’S ALRIGHT NOT TO KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS,” is one of the seven lovely logics, I find in the local July 2013 Age Concern newsletter.
There are “The secret things” and there are “the things revealed”.
The Bible speaks about them in Deuteronomy 29:29. (Easy to remember!)
There it says:
“The secret things
belong to the LORD our God,
but the things revealed
belong to us and our children forever,
that we may follow all the words of this law.”
Let us remember what belongs to the LORD and what belongs to us!
“Experience FREEDOM today. Talk to us about a Freedom Transaction Account.”
A National Bank ad says that.
Not long ago I read a quote by Peyton C. March. In the quote he says that FREEDOM is one of the things we crave most in life. The other two things are happiness and peace of mind.
The Bible says that the truth will set us FREE and that the Lord Jesus Christ will set us FREE! (John 8:32 and John 8:36)
The word FUTURE has been staring at me from everywhere during this year. That’s the reason why you find so many posts about the FUTURE on this blog.
Only the Lord Jesus Christ is the answer to that question. He says so himself in Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
What a verse. I can only marvel. The Lord is the beginning, the end, he is, he was, he is the ALMIGHTY, he is coming…..!
He came as a Saviour. We are reading about that in Luke 2:11 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you, he is Christ, the Lord.”
Soon we will be reading something like this in the newspapers, “We don’t know what the FUTURE has in store for us!” Or something like this,” The FUTURE is dark before us.”
I say, “No, that is not true. The FUTURE is certainly not dark before me. I have a living Saviour and I am praising him.”
Pastor W. Busch was a youth pastor in Essen (Germany) and he celebrated the New Year’s eve with hundreds of young men. (Weigle Haus) Many of the young people played the trumpet and at midnight they went into the open air and played a hymn to the praise of God. (Grosser Gott, wir loben Dich! Herr, wir preisen Deine Staerke!) Soon the fire crackers stopped and it became very quiet and the people were listening.
How good it is to start the New Year with the PRAISE OF GOD. May it continue all year long!