THE END OF DAYS
Rom. 13:11-14 ¶ Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Life is precious but life is fragile. It can be taken from us without warning; instantly, unexpectedly, suddenly; our life is gone. Every time I think of the unthinkable tragedy at the Batman movie in Colorado, I am reminded of how those precious lives were gone in the twinkling of an eye. I wonder what those unsuspecting people would have changed in their lives if they had known. I wonder what we would change if we knew the hour of our death. The problem is, we don’t know. No one ever does. Jonathan Edwards lived his life on the edge of eternity. The other world was always there in his preaching. When the Holy Spirit visits anyone, that is one of the sure evidences of that visitation, a sense of eternity, an urgency knowing that the time is short. Here are a few of Edwards thoughts from his sermon “Redeeming the Time”.
“We know that (time) is very short, but we don’t know how short: we don’t know how little there is of it remaining, whether a year or several years, or only a month, or a week, or a day. We don’t know but that every day be not the last, or how little of the day we are to have. There is nothing that experience doth more verify than this.
How much more would many men prize their time, if they knew that they had but a few months, or a few days more in the world; and certainly a wise man would prize his time the more, because he does not know but that it is so. This is the case with multitudes now in the world that now are in health, and so [see] no signs of approaching death. Many without doubt are to die the next month, and many are to die the next week; many are to die tomorrow that now know nothing of it, and think nothing about it. And neither they nor their neighbors can say [they] are any more likely soon to be taken out of the world than others.”
The Holy Spirit is said to be the foretaste of the life to come. His presence gives us a sense of the nearness of eternity. Whether you live one more day or seventy more years, in light of eternity there is not much time left. The urgency is pressed on us when we realize our eternal life is connected to the wise use of our time here. As Paul said, “the night is far gone, the day is at hand.”