Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5
Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 12:21-28
I am not a morning person. Each morning, I typically have to set two alarms – one for the time I actually want to get up, and one for fifteen to thirty minutes beforehand to give myself a warning that it is almost time to get up. No matter what time I set my alarms for at night, when they go off in the morning I always have the same thought as I say to myself, “I thought I had more time.”
The Israelites in today’s key passage also thought they had more time. The listened to all of the prophets telling them about God’s judgment, and they wrongly assumed that the prophets were talking about events that would happen in the distant future. (Vs. 27) They even had their own proverb that was popular at the time – “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing.” (Vs. 22) What they did not realize was that God’s judgment was closer than they thought. In fact, in less than six years, Jerusalem would be completely destroyed. They failed to listen to the warnings because they all thought they had more time.
Many people today still react to God’s warnings in the same way as the Israelites. They know the message of the Bible. They know that they need to repent of their sins and follow God. They know they need to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. The problem is that they believe they have more time. They think God’s final judgment will happen sometime in the distant future. In fact, they may be right. They may live a long life and they may still have plenty of time to turn to Him. On the other hand, they might be wrong. We will never know when our time on this earth will be done. Jesus may come back or He may call us home tomorrow, or we may be here for another 100 years. Do not fall into the trap of thinking you have more time. If you have unconfessed sin in your life, repent today. If you have been waiting to start a personal relationship with Christ, turn to Him today. If you have been waiting for the right time to reach out to that unbelieving friend in love, do it today. When the alarm clock of life finally goes off, we do not want to be caught off guard thinking we had more time.
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