Judges 11,12; Psalms 50; 2 Corinthians 1
“Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:9)
We all think we’re invincible and indestructible …. That is until we come face-to-face with death. Then we recognize our own mortality, and we realize that we desperately need something … or someone that’s eternal and immortal. In this verse, Paul the Apostle reminds us that in moments like these, God breaks the illusion that we are independent and sovereign. God uses a “Wake-Up” call to bring us back to our senses … at least I hope it does!
We’ve all had those “wake-up” calls. It could have been a devastating accident, a debilitating injury, or a sickness, but we finally come to the realization that we’re not all that we’re cracked up to be. It’s easy to get enamored with our own accomplishments, and when we do, our need for God slowly diminishes … that is, until we face death. Death seems to be the great equalizer. But why wait for the grim reaper? Why wait till our family or marriage is incinerating? Why wait till we are on the gurney headed for the surgery room? Instead, let’s follow Him when we are yet young when we are vibrant and yet healthy when we still have breath in our lungs? Listen for the wake-up calls, because if we refuse, our souls will no longer hear the alarm, and our life will have flown by faster than March did! And that’s no joke!
Dear Jesus, thank You for “Wake-up” calls. But please help us to make permanent changes rather than temporary ones. As I look back over my years, I have had several “Wake-up” calls. Help us to say “yes” before we have no other choice. Give us the courage and the faith that when you say, “Come follow Me,” that I don’t say “Why?” … but instead, I say, “Why Not!?”