Recently, it came a shocking news: Tokyo Japan hit by earthquake. Initially, I could not believe what I saw on yahoo news. How could this be? Its Japan? I asked myself.
Then this topic just hit me: life's unpredictable. Who knows what will happen to you the next minute or second? When you were happily going for a picnic or going to school or work?
This just relates me back to Noah's time, when God decided to send the flood to all parts of the earth:
The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.
Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. Every living thing that moved on the earth perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.
The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
Firstly, God was so grieved at mankind because they were doing evil, which means opposing God. Even though God is forgiving and gave them time to repent, time and time again, they failed God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Because only Noah was found righteous in God's sight, God decided to establish His convenient with Noah. However, even after the flood, there was still corruption, as we can see today. This was the reason why God had to send His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Only Jesus was found righteous and holy, therefore the greatest sacrifice, death, was the only option. And right now, for us, we do not need to die to redeem our own sins. Jesus paid it all, and we just need to declare by faith that Jesus is Lord, and be saved. I'm talking about being saved from spiritual death, in case anyone of you are lost here.
Right now, back to the topic on life's unpredictable, the bible states:
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
Only God Himself has authority to give and end life. This minute you may be taking life easy, or telling yourself this: well, I know Jesus loves me, therefore I shall wait till the last minute when I am in my deathbed, that time, I will accept Christ. Not too late though? Then you keep dragging on and dragging on your salvation.. Why are you waiting so long to be saved, since God's salvation gift to you is so ready and available now? Why are you giving yourself so little time to taste God's love and goodness for your life?? Why shortened it?
Next, is the point of being busy. A month ago, when I blogged about being too busy. Sometimes busy people are not willing to take time off to relax and seek the Lord. Look, life's unpredictable. Instead of focusing your minds on the world, for instance, studies, why not put your focus on God; a God who is everlasting? Afraid of time management? The bible states:
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
If you are so afraid that you cannot do your homework after reading the bible or seeking God, why not try to ask God for wisdom? For when God sees the hunger that you have, even though you are so busy, God will reward you for what you have done.
Right now, after reading this, everyone here should be able to agree with me that life's unpredictable. So right now, if you are still hesitating on your salvation, let me tell you this: NEVER leave earth until you have experienced the goodness of God. You will never regret your decision, because you are going to encounter a God who truly loves you!! Make a wise choice today!
O God, right now I pray that you will soften those hearts; those hearts who have been so hardened and not willing to accept such a good Savior. O God, right now, let them know that you are God. Place people who can make a Godly impact in their lives. Let the lost know that you are God. And for those hearts who have been so weary and tired, Father, right now I pray for a restoration of strength and peace in their hearts. Continue to fill them up with your spirit, and strengthen them. Let those who desire to seek you find you. You know, O God, those who have been desiring to seek you even though they are sometimes so burdened. You said that they could come to you, for you will grant them strength. So, right now, Jesus, move in their lives and pour out your spirit upon them. And for those reading this post now, I pray that they will encounter you and a fresh and a new way. I thank you for their lives and pray for your abundant blessings to be poured out upon them and their families. Watch over them, O Lord. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
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