I have wondered why Tim LaHaye’s book series “Left Behind” sold more than 80 million copies, and why David Jeremiah’s book “Is This the End?” flew off the shelves. People seem to be nervous about the end of time. How much time do we have here on earth? Many of us only wish we knew when the end would come so we would be ready.
Many have needlessly put their faith in unknown predictions and dates, only to find their interpretations of the End Times confusing and contradictory. Many are still waiting for their horoscope readings and fortune teller’s predictions to give directions for living. “The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced that which you thought would deliver the ultimate, and it has just let you down,” notes author and evangelist Ravi Zacharias.
How comfortable have we become while living here on Earth? Do we believe this life is all there is? God chooses death to come for all of us. We just don’t know when. Every moment of time counts as we live by faith believing in what we do not see but believing in God’s promises of a life hereafter.
Three centuries ago minister and author Matthew Henry wrote, “God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events.” God does this so we will be dependent upon him and ready at any moment for the end to come.
Long before we were born, God knew when the end would come and has been designing and directing the script while preparing our eternal home in heaven. God’s design in creating the Earth, included each human soul, one person at a time. Life and death, beginning and ending are in his timing. God’s plans are neither abstract nor something about which to speculate. They can be trusted as sovereign.
I came to believe truth about life and death when as a young mother, I faced the death of our first child … a miscarriage. I cried at the loss of our innocent, tiny baby, who was the size of my thumb. But our loss was God’s gain as he welcomed this tiny, precious little life back to his heavenly home where life was created.
Our circumstances here on Earth prepare us for our eternal life hereafter. How we respond puts life and death issues into perspective. If we look forward to spending time with our Heavenly Father and loved ones, we will react and respond peacefully to life’s situations.
I am thankful for God’s gift of his only son as a tiny baby born in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. Because of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection, those of us who have given our hearts to him and received his forgiveness for sins will never be separated from godly loved ones again. In heaven, time will be no more. There will be no tears from sadness, sickness, sorrow or death.
The wistful longings of timing in our modern culture lie in the powerlessness within ourselves, but as we release our hearts to depend on God’s powerful, divine authority and timing, his moments of time are perfect.
Let’s take inventory of God’s timing. The end will come for each of us. Many have gone before us but those of us who are still living and believe in God are looking forward to God’s Son, Jesus, to return to earth.
We are not date setters of the end nor can we foretell the future, but believe Jesus will come to take us to heaven. We are told to be prepared for his coming and be aware of the schemes of darkness, the tidal wave of temptation and seduction, which renders us ineffective. “But no, not the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only God, My Father knows …. Therefore, keep watch for that day and be ready” (Matthew 24:36-44).
A tragedy is a life at the age of accountability that leaves this Earth without making plans to know where they will spend eternity. You can know for sure by believing God and his promises. Eternal life and his heavenly home are out of this world and worth preparing for.
Time is in God’s hand. So, we watch and wait and long for the day of Christ’s return when time will be no more.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout ...” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
What time is it in your life?
Dona Fisher is chairwoman of Lancaster County National Day of Prayer, vice president of Friendship Foundation Inc. and an LNP correspondent. Email: email@example.com.