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There is a proverb that says, "Boast not about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth." (Proverbs 27:1) This points to the unexpected situations or events of life that may alter or end our plans suddenly and without remedy.
Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
John Harper (May 29, 1872 – April 15, 1912) was a Scottish Baptist pastor traveling to the United States on the doomed RMS Titanic to preach for several weeks at the Moody Church in Chicago. Harper, a widower, was accompanied by his sister and 6-year-old daughter.
When the ship hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean, Harper made sure his daughter and sister were put on a lifeboat. They were eventually rescued and returned home to Scotland. He remained on the ship as it started sinking, quickly moving across the deck and urging people to believe on the Lord Jesus and be saved. As the ship lurched into its death throes, he jumped into the icy water. According to survivors, Harper held on to a floating piece of debris and moved from person to person calling on whoever would listen to turn to Christ, even giving his life jacket to another person who needed it, until he succumbed to the freezing water and sank into the depths.
Neither Pastor Harper nor anyone else on the ship knew before boarding of the events that would follow a few days later. Yet when the disaster took place, he seized the opportunity before him and sought to turn people to faith in Jesus Christ before they died and entered eternity.
"Normalcy bias" describes the tendency for people to believe that things will always go on as they did before, and to therefore underestimate or diminish the likelihood of great changes or calamities.
The apostle Peter talked about this attitude in 2 Peter 3:3-9, describing those who failed to realize the divine judgments of the worlds past such as The Great Flood, and making light of the Great Fire to come in these later days.
2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Yet even now the patience of God is demonstrated in His delay of judgment in order for sinners to come to repentance and believe in Jesus.
Like the more than 1,500 souls who perished on the RMS Titanic, we are all on a sinking ship. Its taking us ever closer to the bone yard to which its course has been Satanically set.
A heartbeat away, in the twinkling of the eye, eternity is upon US.
None of us can guarantee our next breath, never mind whether we will make it to the end of the day.
We should keep in mind the frailties of life and how they can change suddenly without warning and consider what we do in the light of eternity.
Where you spend eternity is answered by whether you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16) or not. Today, if you hear God's voice, do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15, 4:6-7).
Note: Always be prepared,
Sign: The Old Boy Scout.
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