Walking through an antique store surrounded by 200 yr old books and a multitude of curiosities, I chanced upon an interesting find. A large old book lay collecting dust with several other antiques on top of it. After clearing it off, and examining it closer I read, “The Great War.” The book was a catalog of photos chronicling the great war. “What Great War?” World War I of course.
The book had been written before the second World War, and it was a gigantic collection of pictures from the war. While I didn’t have time to sit down and flip through the whole book, something struck me that I realized on a new level. The book was entitled, “The Great War.” Like there was only one. Like there wasn’t going to be another. History lessons flashed through my mind. Wilson’s phrase- “A war to end all wars.” Chamberlain’s words right before WWII – “Peace in our time” The people of that time had no idea what was coming only in a few short years. They thought they knew what the future would hold.
But they didn’t.
In Luke 12 a man saves up and works hard and provides for himself. He says, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” He thought he knew what was coming- but he didn’t. God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:” He died that night trusting in his riches, and someone else took his wealth.
It’s interesting to note that when someone experiences a car crash, or perhaps a sudden loss, they often come out changed. I’ve had more than one friend experience this. They walk around in a state of revelation in a sort of daze. They say things like- life is so fragile, and you never know what will happen in the next moment. How wise that is.
Today, my challenge is simple. Realize that life is not as predictable as you may think. You don’t know about tomorrow. You don’t know where you may find yourself. The only thing you have to rely on is God and His Word. If you refuse to take security from how things appear, and put your trust in the promises of God, you will not be shaken when your surroundings are. Your strength will be drawn from the Rock of Jesus and the immortal promises of the Lord.
Let us remember the words of God written in James 4.
“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.”
Let us trust in God, and make every moment count!