Appointment With Eternity

Recently, an elderly woman in Canada was sitting in her living room, watching television. You might think, “That’s the safest place in the world. She could probably sit there forever and watch television and nothing bad would ever happen to her.” But that would be a mistake, for she was hit by a truck and killed. Seriously. At the moment she was watching television, a large truck outside went out of control. It was unable to stop and crashed right through her house, hitting her and killing her.

The Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die and then comes the judgment.” For this precious woman, it was her “appointed time”. She certainly did not think that her “time” would come in the way that it did, and in the place that it did. However, it nevertheless did. Today, you may be saying, like this woman may have been thinking to herself, “All is well, I am physically well, I have no known diseases, I am not sick in any way, and I am sure I have many more years to come. I am in the prime of my life. I have friends, I have fulfillment, and I have a career, I even have a hobby, or a sport. I am married, I have children … what more do I need?

Well, let’s think back to that woman for just a second, if you don’t mind. She may have had all those things (family, friends, a nice house, a hobby or sport, no known diseases, etc.). But supposing she had all those things, and yet for all of her life, she had the chance to “make her peace” with God her Creator, but she failed to do so. Perhaps she might have said to herself, “I am too busy right now to read the Bible. I’ll do it when I get the chance.” Now don’t you hear people saying things like this? Do you think that is wise to say things like this? As the expression goes, “If we don’t make time for God, then God will not make time for us.” Or to that effect.

In the Bible, Jesus talks about the person who essentially has “everything he needs” in life. This man is always thinking about material things — his job and how he can please his boss and earn more money. That is the essence of the story found in Luke 12:16-21. It is also very much the essence of the story about the rich man in Luke 16, as contrasted with a poor man named Lazarus. Both of these rich men die and go to hell, where there is no escape. Jesus is telling us in these stories, “Put your faith and confidence in God right now, before it is too late. Don’t be foolish like the rich man that always thought of his riches, always wondering and planning what to do with his money, yet he never had a thought about the one who created him!

Today, trust the Lord. He loves you and cares for you and wills that none perish, but that all come to a trusting, saving, knowledge of himself. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has paid the price for sin by dying for you and me on a cross. Will you trust him today to come into your life and make you his dear and precious child? For as it says in the Scripture, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:11b)