As my heart clicked on the scripture for meditation this morning, I was excited. I quickly told myself, “Great. I know that scripture so well.” But then I heard it being told me, “I’m not talking about what you are thinking.”
I have severally picked verse 7 of Job chapter 14 to encourage myself and others. I have used it as a prayer focus severally too. However, my attention was drawn to something totally different today.
Here’s what the Bible says:
“Even a tree has more hope!
If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches. Though its roots have grown old in the earth
and its stump decays, at the scent of water it will bud and sprout again like a new seedling. “But when people die, their strength is gone.
They breathe their last, and then where are they? As water evaporates from a lake
and a river disappears in drought, people are laid to rest and do not rise again.
Until the heavens are no more, they will not wake up nor be roused from their sleep (Job 14:7-12).
I have seen many trees sprout again after being cut down. But man, when he dies, is gone forever from this side of eternity. There is no debate about that. We are dust, to dust we shall return. When it is time for a man to die, no matter the amount of resuscitation skills put into reviving him, he won’t come back to life. Once the Examiner, Our God says, “Time up”, there is no two-ways about it. It’s practically over. One thing of note is that we are handed different examination questions and automatically, each one of us has a unique duration for the examination called “Life”.
Here is the point exactly: Live every second of your life with this fact in view. Always remember that your time could be up at any moment. Once the giver of life takes it away, it’s gone. As much as we pray to live long, we must also always remember that God has the final say. In what condition will the ‘call to eternity’ meet you?” Eternity is what it is- eternity. And that is why this issue of putting eternity in view always is very critical. I have seen old and young people die. It is really not about how long, but how well. Your life does not belong to you. Neither does tomorrow. Therefore, you cannot live just the way you like. You should live your life according to the dictates of God.
Our placement in eternity is determined by what happens here on this side of the divide. The decisions you make right here and now will determine where and how we end up. What preparations are you making for eternity? Make up your mind for Jesus today! He is the Way! He is the Truth! He is the Light! He is Life!
We must work towards living a full life in God. Work towards fulfilling purpose. Time waits for no one. What are you doing with your time? Are you redeeming time? Or are you wasting time? Are you still procrastinating putting action into your potentials? Are you adding ‘work’ to your ‘faith’? Or are you still waiting for perfect conditions?
How are you living your life?
Remember that you are man and not a tree!
~OMOSEBI Mary Omolola