I surely made God laugh today. I’ve just
traded cars, because although I dearly loved my old one, it was 13 years old, and if I had needed repairs, the parts I might
need, could be long out of stock by now. And so I got a gleaming white replacement.
morning in handling my chores, I parked in a row of vehicles, and when I came back, I pressed the magic “open”
button, and nothing happened! I tried several times, while realizing my cell phone was inside, too.
Well, I finally went in a business and used their phone to call the man who could get my car unlocked, and then went
back to try once more, only to finally realize that the gleaming white car I was trying to open, was not mine. My car
was two vehicles away, waiting patiently while I was losing my marbles. And after calling again to cancel the help I
had asked for, I sheepishly drove away.
Well, if God laughed, it wasn’t the first time.
Psalms 2:4 says, “He that sitteth in the heaven shall laugh.” And proverbs 1:26 says He will “Laugh
at your calamity.” Well, to me, my experience was a calamity, but God meant well, if he laughed.
God sees all, knows all, from all of the past to all of the future, and we must remember that no matter what happens,
God is in control. If we could only keep that in mind! My advice comes with head bowed…that we just let
any situation turn into a nightmare for us, when we should go to Him, from the very first. Think about it!
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.