What if this really was the last day we had to live this life as we know it? Would this day be any different than all that came before it? Would the things that were so important last week still be of any importance today?
God, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit for us NOT to know the specifics of our own mortality or the timing of His Son s glorious return. God knew that, by our very nature, if we knew the exact hour we were going to die or the exact day of Christ s return; we would procrastinate as far as doing well and spend weeks in depression awaiting the end of our mortal lives.
I know many people who insist on waiting until the last possible moment to pack for a trip, get ready for a function or prepare for work. By nature, most of us tend to put off until the last possible moment things that demand preparation, time and work.
I have known people in my life that faithfully read their horoscope, consulted with astrologers and even allowed themselves to be hypnotized just to catch a glimpse of what lies ahead. People are fascinated with what the future holds and many are terrified of the ultimate end to this life. Certainly the fear of death is the biggest and most terrifying of all fears.
Long ago I came to grips with my own mortality. When I danced with death time and time again first in late 1990 s and then again just two years ago, in order to not go crazy I had to stare the fear of death down and establish in my own life that it would in no way influence my thinking or enslave me. I am thankful that I did this for that fear has no influence over me.
I refuse to be intimidated by the fear of dying any more than I refuse to be motivated by the fear of Christ s return. I want to be found faithful to Him day in and day out; not just the day before He comes back. Perhaps this is exactly why God set it up for no man to know the time or day His Son will return.
In all matters we really need to strive to be motivated by the love for and of God in our lives. We need to corral those fears that torment and enslave us and refuse to be their slaves. We need our love for God to inspire us to draw close to Him and show forth His Majesty and Greatness. Whether we have one day or 10,000 days remaining in this life, we should live each day as if it is our last and look forward to each day as THE DAY we all long for.