|Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash; did God have a plan for each?
One night in February, 1959, popular singing star Richie Valens and others
had finished a show, he and another star, Waylon Jennings, went to the plane to head back to Nashville. But there was only
room for one more person, so he and Waylon flipped a coin, and Richie won. Before Jennings headed for a bus that was
waiting for the "unlucky" ones, he quipped, “I hope your plane crashes.” It did, and all aboard
died. And Waylon Jennings still hates what he had said, jokingly.
I said that, to say this:
What did Jesus mean, quoted in Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall
give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
Does that mean that when you say to a friend, “Nice weather we’re having,”
that you’ll be condemned at the Great Judgment at the end of time? Words like those certainly are NOT required
Well, from time to time, as we’ve wondered about certain things in the Bible,
I’ve reminded you that what I’m saying is from my own mind…a personal thought on certain things.
And I’m saying that again at this time. What I’m saying is not taken from the Bible, and you should seriously
study this from a Bible viewpoint, the same as any other thing I say. Never believe a person without checking for yourself.
Now to this quote about “idle words.” The Bible also says “the leaves will clap
their hands.” I feel this means that the rustling they make as a breeze flows through them, is their way of praising
their Creator. That’s found in Isaiah 55:12, and I’ve even used it in one of the songs I’ve written.
And he also says in Isaiah 14:8, “Yea, the fir trees rejoice at Thee.” I believe both of these indicate
the same praise to God.
And so I personally believe, that “idle words” are words that
hurt another person, or that we might regret later, or any lie we tell. Here’s another quote, this one from the
book of Revelation, 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is
the second death.” Not only does that tell us again that sinners have a burning hell to shun, but it also tells us to
be truthful and honest, shunning gossip or any other thing that will hurt another person.
And so my thinking about “idle words,” is that it’s still ok to say good things, or friendly things, or
helpful things, or even pass-the-time-of-day things, with no fear of censure, from God or anyone.
And remember Romans 10:9.…..if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” If you haven’t done that, do it now. You
aren’t guaranteed your next breath, whatever you're saying.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.