Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today Is The Day

My Beloved Husband’s brother and his wife spent part of the weekend with us. We were very worried about his breathing during the visit. He was having difficulty keeping his oxygen level above 70. We were even concerned that the portable oxygen machine was not working correctly. They went home Sunday, and Monday his doctor wanted him in the hospital – but they couldn’t make it all the way across their county to the one where their doctor practiced. They had to stop at an ER along the way to get him stabilized. He is now under his doctor's care in their destination hospital. Please, keep him in prayer.

I know exactly how she felt. We’ve done that twice since last November. Too ill to get to the hospital where the doctor who knows us practices, so we get to the closest emergency room for stabilization, then moved on in an ambulance. Ironic that both brothers are experiencing life-threatening medical emergencies in the same year.

It does bring to mind that we have no promises of tomorrow. Matthew Henry’s comments on the following verse are apropos:
Today, while it is called today. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be; and we should remember that present seasons of grace are short and uncertain, and cannot be recalled when they are past.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV)

The second verse that comes to mind is:

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34 KJV)

Too many people read this and feel the words are a license to do as they please, giving no thought to tomorrow – or the consequences of their actions. They remember this verse and ignore the ones before it:

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:32-33 KJV)

“All these things” refers to what we will be eating, drinking, wearing. God will be adding all these things to us as we need them after we’ve sought His kingdom and His righteousness.

He will provide for us eternally, if we accept His offer to do so. He does not force His will upon his creation. That choice is ours, though many choices are not available to us as time progresses.

There will come a day when even that choice is no longer available. When the second year is added behind the dash that signifies our lives, our opportunity to choose is over.

We’ve already heard reports from the east coast that Monday was the day for some people. Today may be the day for others. Please, give careful thought to His kingdom and His righteousness as this is read, for we do not know which today will be ours.

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