Devotional by Andrew Coxhead
On this day, 21 November 1963, the 35th president of the USA, John F Kennedy, flew into Texas. The next day his life on earth would end with the assassin’s bullet.
I am sure if JFK, his aides, his bodyguards knew ‘today’ what would happen ‘tomorrow’, then ‘today’ they would have done things differently.
That is where our problem lies. We can quite correctly plan for tomorrow, we can rightly prepare for tomorrow, but we have no guarantee for tomorrow.
You have probably heard of the old adage, attributed to many including Thomas Jefferson – ‘Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.’
But God puts it this way, ‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth’ (Proverbs 27 v1)
On one occasion Jesus told a crowd this story:
‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”’ (Luke 12 vv. 16–20 English Standard Version)
While the main lesson of the parable is centred on this man’s selfish attitude, six times the word ‘I’ appears in just a few short sentences, with no acknowledgement of God’s goodness, blessings, and providence. Also, there is clearly a lesson of God’s judgement on selfishness, as well as the lesson we have no guarantee for tomorrow.
What Will You Do … Today? Right now?
As you have been reading these devotions we have produced for many months …
Have you come to the realisation that Jesus is alive and that He is Who you need?
Do you understand what will happen if you die without Him?
Do you realise that there is no other way into Heaven than through the Lord Jesus Christ?
Do you know that His death was for you?
Do you know that His death will not mean anything to you until you bow before Him in repentance and humility and confess your sins to Him?
Do you know that you could do that very thing today and be forever saved today?
Do you know that you can bow before a risen Saviour today and worship Him?
Do you know you could thank Him today for His grace, His love, and the fact that He is alive?
Today would be a wonderful day to come before the Lord and renew your commitment to Him.
Today would be a wonderful day to thank Him and praise Him for His blessings in your life.
Today would be a wonderful day to call on the risen Saviour and trust Him for salvation, cleansing, help, or any of the many other things we humans desperately need.