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                “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom” (James 4:7-9 NKJV).

 

            In 1874 Theodore Monod wrote the words “O the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, When I proudly said to Jesus “All of self, and none of thee.” Many go through life with no clue concerning eternity. Some live as it they could “live forever” while others deceive themselves into believing that the end of life is all there is to look forward to. The letter to the Hebrew brethren tells us “And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment;” (Hebrews 9:27 ASV).

 

            God warns mankind that life is short:  James wrote, “Go to now, ye that say, to day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a  little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). Job stated, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). The psalmist said, “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth” (Psalm 103:15). Peter wrote, “For all flesh is as grass, and the glory of man is as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:” (I Peter 1:24).

 

            Regardless of the number of years we have, we must prepare to meet God in the end. The song written by Theodore Monod shows the progression of a growing faith.  It ends with the words “Higher than the highest heavens, Deeper that the deepest sea, Lord, Thy love at last has conquered “None of self, and all of thee.” Peter pointed out that the day of the Lord will come “as a thief in the night” and warns that the heavens and earth will be destroyed on that day (II Peter 3:10). Peter then states, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (II Peter 3:11).

 

            In both of his letters Peter wrote of the importance of growing in faith and knowledge.  He stated, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (I Peter 2:2). He also wrote, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (II Peter 3:18). Paul told the brethren “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

 

            In his second letter to Timothy Paul reminded his friend and co-worker of the importance of being faithful in all things to God (II Timothy 3:5-6). He then stated, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (II Timothy 4:6-8).

 

            When a person draws near to God, he has the promise of God that He will also “draw near to” that person. The inspired writers also state that Jesus will never fail to be there when His people are faithful to Him. We are told, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus tells us, “And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

 

            Many seem to think that they can have a relationship with Christ that will allow them to do that which they enjoy, even if it means disobeying God. James wrote, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him” (James 1:12). 

 

            Are you ready to face the Day of Judgment?  Will you “Draw Near to God” so that you can enjoy the promise of eternity in heaven?       

                                                                                    --PER