Monday, May 31, 2010

Every Day May Be Our Last Day

"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).  Jonathan Edwards delivered another sermon on the Christian’s use of time entitled, Procastination, or the Folly of Depending on Future Time.  The main point of this sermon is that we do not know if we will have another day.  We should be careful to live each day as if it were our last.  The command in Proverbs quoted above is that we should not speak or act as though tomorrow was guaranteed to us.  Time does not belong to us.  We do not know whether God will give us another day, or whether we will have to give an accounting of our lives to Him before another day comes.  To quote Edwards’ own words, “Consider, if you will hearken to this counsel, how much it will tend to your safety and peace in life and death.  It is the way really and truly to be ready for death; yea,to be fit to live or to be fit to die; to be ready for affliction and adversity, and for whatever God in his providence shall bring upon you.  It is the way to be prepared for all changes, and particularly your last change.  It is the way to possess your souls in a serene and undisturbed peace, and to enable you to go on with an immovable fortitude of soul, to meet the most frightful changes, to encounter the most formidable enemies, and to be ready with unshaken confidence to triumph over death.  O how happy are such persons, who have such safety and peace!”  This exerpt comes from  one of the most powerful paragraphs I have ever read.  Time goes by so quickly, and we cannot depend on having another day or hour in this world; but fortunately we can always depend on our Lord, who never changes. 

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