Tuesday’s Time

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Solomon realized that all men die: rich or poor; wise or foolish; all die. Solomon also realized that in death, there is nothing anyone can do, therefore, whatever is to be done must be done in life. One may have great thoughts and plans, but many will take those thoughts and plans to the grave. Man will not be judged by what he might have done, but rather for what he had done (II Corinthians 5:10). Jesus said the man was a fool who made plans and failed to consult God and also failed to realize the brevity of life. 

In this same chapter, Solomon states that a “living dog is better than a dead lion” (Ecclesiastes 9:4). In life, a lion is a great threat; but if the lion is dead, he is absolutely no threat. Again, great plans are wonderful, but they make no difference if not put into action. 

Throughout the world, 1.80 (almost 2) people die every second of every day. Not all who die are extremely old or extremely sick; many die very unexpectedly. I would feel sure, that most of those who die had plans. Some had plans concerning school, work, family, retirement, etc. Some had plans concerning obedience to God and their souls salvation, but they never acted on those plans. Jesus said: not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but the that doeth…(Matthew 7:21). Luke recorded that Felix told Paul that he would send for him in a “convenient season” (Luke 24:25). The MKJV translates this phrase as: taking time later, I will call for you. We are not told that Felix ever found that time later. Some question The sincerity of Felix, but sincere or not, if he never obeyed the gospel, he is lost without hope.

Let us make sure that we make plans to obey the gospel and more importantly, let us obey the gospel now.