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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tenuous Life

I don't get back to my hometown of Jackson, Minnesota to often anymore. On one such visit several years ago I was visiting the cemetery with my brother. We were stopping to visit my dad's grave and as we were walking past the headstones, I noticed several people whom I knew had died. I was a little shocked by the discovery and without noticing it, I stopped by one such grave, a man that I used to know. Speaking out loud while lost in my thoughts I said, "I didn't know that he died!" I glanced up at my brother who was standing near me and I saw a quizzical look on his face. Since my brother lived in Jackson, he knew that this person had passed away and it was no mystery to him of this person's death. For me though, it was a mild shock to see this man's gravestone before me. I then looked toward Jackson and said in a mournful tone, "I know more people out here than I do in town." It made me realize more than ever of the tenuousness of life.
David says in Psalms 144:4 "Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow."
This verse spoke to me at that moment in time. I realized now more than ever what David was saying about our lives. When one is young, it seems like we will live forever and we are shocked when someone we know dies unexpectedly. We come to realize that life is fragile at best, and as we grow in years we hopefully see that each day becomes a gift and tomorrow cannot be promised to us. David came to realize this when he said the following in Psalms 139:16. "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." God knows then the exact number of days allotted for each of us, even before we were born. For some, it might be months in length, for others, years, but for us we do not know the number of our days, only God knows that. 

As I looked over at the stones, I wondered, "How many here died without knowing Jesus?" Salvation's hand is knocking at our doors, how many are and will be listening to the Master's voice calling to them?
“Behold! I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. 
If you do not know Jesus, invite him into your heart today. None of us can guarantee tomorrow, eternity awaits your decision.