November 6th, 2019

 

Hebrews 3:7-11

7 Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion on the day of testing in the wilderness,9 where your fathers tested me, tried me, and saw my works 10 for forty years. Therefore I was provoked to anger with that generation and said, “They always go astray in their hearts, and they have not known my ways.” 11 So I swore in my anger, “They will not enter my rest.
 
I have always been fascinated with history. I especially enjoy reading and studying world history. To think about societies and civilizations that lived and existed centuries ago; to learn how they lived in social structures, how they developed industry, how they overcame and accomplished difficulties – I find all of this fascinating. It causes you to think about everything we have today and so often don’t even think about. One of my favorite characters to read about is Martin Luther. You may be familiar with that name but incase you are not, he was the famous monk who nailed a list of 95 things that he saw wrong with the catholic church in that time frame (Luther is a fantastic character to read and study – I would highly recommend it!).
 
I recently read something interesting about Luther and really all people in that time period. It’s something that I’ve never really thought about before. However, after reading it, it makes total sense. So what is it that I read? Well you see Luther (and most others) went to bed wondering if they were going to wake up the next day. Have you ever done that? If you’re like me, probably not. I don’t know that I’ve ever had that thought in my head before I went to sleep. I’ve never consciously thought about the day that was ending being my last. In a world that we live in with modern medicine and technology advancements and such, the idea of life becomes pretty secure. We rest easy knowing there’s most likely a tomorrow. But for Luther, there was no guarantee at all. They didn’t have modern medicine, or hygienic standards, or advanced technology that would help them sustain life. It was not uncommon at all to lay your head down and not wake up the next day.
 

I suppose its a little cliche to think about (I believe there’s even a country song or two about it) but imagine if you knew that today was your last day. How would that information affect the way in which you live your life? What decisions would you make differently? What choices would shape that 24 hour window? Let me dig a little deeper – what would your relationship with the Lord look like? See one of the most agonizing thoughts for Martin Luther was did he live his life that day in a manner that was pleasing to the Lord? Did he, through his life that day, glorify the Lord? He felt the weight of God’s holiness and his own sin every day. So when Luther laid his head on his pillow that night, wondering and fearing if it was his last, what terrified him the most was the fear that he did not live a life that pursued holiness and righteousness that day. Because he may not get another one to “fix” it. There may not be another chance to live better. He may not have the choice to “start tomorrow”.

Look at our passage today in Hebrews 3. The author of Hebrews here is quoting Psalm 95 and is recalling a historical reference to the nation of Israel and their rebellion toward God. See the nation of Israel has a big sin problem. They had idolatrous hearts. They were constant seeking to please themselves and do what they wanted to do; live the life they wanted to live. God was always something they could do tomorrow. They could pursue Him tomorrow; they could follow Him with their lives tomorrow; they could trust Him tomorrow. This mentality didn’t change even after Jesus came and literally walked among them. God was literally with them and yet they still put it off. And you know what, even in 2019 today, we still have that same mentality. We can follow, trust, believe, hope in – God tomorrow; today it’s about me. Verses 7 and 8 here give us a clear message about the timing in which we should approach God. There is an urgency spoken here in the “today”. He tells us don’t wait until tomorrow, because tomorrow might be too late.

You see even with modern medicine and all of the fancy stuff we find in the world today, there is never a guarantee of life, but there certainly is a guarantee of death. We don’t know for certain if tomorrow will come, yet we live as if we still have time. Maybe you know the Lord but you’ve not walked closely with Him. Or maybe you’ve been on the fence about God and all this religious stuff. Please don’t wait anymore. Whatever decision you need to make, make it today, right now! Because tomorrow may not come.

So what if you don’t wake up tomorrow? Have you lived a life today that glorified the Lord. Have you taken your relationship with Him seriously? Have you told someone about Jesus and how he takes away their sins? Have you worshiped Him and praised Him for His goodness and mercy? We may not get tomorrow, so lets start doing these things now while we still can!

In Christ,

Sam Killman


One Response to “November 6th, 2019”

  1. Crystal Fraze says:

    We arent promised tomorrow.How do we get the rest of the world to understand that deep truth thats in Gods WORD?

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