Friday, November 20, 2009

Life In Short, Is

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."
William Shakespeare

Poetry is dense stuff in my opinion.
Who knew understanding a short string of neatly-spaced, properly ordered, centre aligned sentences could be so hard?
So what if it's filled with bombastic flowery words that only people from ancient history used?
And so what if there are hidden meanings behind the text, in between the lines?
Are they not just mere words? Anyone can write them.
Why then are we moved by the words of Shakespeare when he writes this poem.
Touching as it is. Moving as it is. Meaningful as it is. What we have here is nothing new!

In the Bible, we are reminded constantly of the uncertainty of life.

" Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
James 4:13-15

There has been an event that has taken place very close to home.
Though the details are still unclear, we know one thing is for sure; Life truly is short.
At the start of the day we could be in the pink of health, but by the end of it, we could have passed on.
Things can all go horribly wrong, horribly fast.

"Unless the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
-Psalms 127:1

If you do not agree with the words of Shakespeare, will u not agree to the Word of the Lord?
Life, in short, is short.
I know whom i have believeth and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which i have committed unto Him until that day. Amen.
People of the world often say that we should live each day as if it were the last one we had.
I disagree. I say, we should live each day as if God was watching our every move. Every choice we make in life, every decision should be the right one in God's eyes because we never know when our Maker will call us back home. And we should be ready every moment of everyday.
Sure, we are young. Average life expectancy is about 80?
We think that we have plenty of time to make things right with God.
We'll give in to temptation and sin every once in awhile thinking that God will forgive us.
It's not like we are going to die tomorrow right? Wrong.
This kind of mentality will condemn us to hell.
Make things right with God, for we could be gone in an instant. literally.
When we reach the inevitable end of our journey here on Earth, whenever that may be, sooner for some than for others, the only thing that matters is what God thinks of us.
Make things right with Him so that you can stand up on the judgment day and give an account of your life that is worthy of eternal life.
Make things right with Him so that you can say on that final day that it is well with my soul.
Make things right with Him who has sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross so that it is possible to make things right in the first place.

In God we serve,

P.S. The following is a few Bible verses to help us cope with this difficult time.
Why it happened? What to do now that it has happened?
It is a carbon copy of the verses found in a previous post that was keyed on the same note.
Thanks and God bless.

Is it right to cry? Is it right to grieve? Is it right to mourn?
In John 11.35 ; Jesus wept.
Even Jesus, the Son of God, wept over the death of his good friend Lazarus.
It is alright to cry. For even our Lord Jesus wept.
It is human nature to cry over the loss of a loved one.

But be comforted.
In 1 Thess 4:13-18
" But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep(dead), lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. "

God will bring with him, those who sleep in Jesus.

In Matt 5:4
" Blessed are those who mourn,For they shall be comforted. "

Ps 116:15
" Precious in the sight of the LORD, Is the death of His saints. "

Why God called him back even while he was so young?
Isa 55:8-9
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

We may not understand why God does what he does but we must trust that God knows what is best for us, eventhough we might not know it yet.

Be prepared

Heb 9:2727
" And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. "

Life is indeed like a vapor. We do not know when God will call us back to him. But we do know that we will all die one day. The only question is "Are we right with God?" For he will judge us all according to our actions.

2 Tim 4:1-24:1
"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. "

Do these things so that we can say as Paul said in 2 Tim 4:7-87
" I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. "

2 Sam 12:22-23
And he said, "While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?' "But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."

Death is not the end, but it is rather the beginning of the journey home.
John 14:1-3
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."