June 17 & 18/No Athiests in Foxholes

There is a saying that goes back to a long way about there being ‘no athiests in foxholes’. This sums up the perception that when your life is endangered, people often review long-held beliefs and change them. No one really knows where it came from, but it seems to have become popular during World War II.

Many people today follow the theory that they have ‘plenty of time’ to decide the path they take in life. The thing is that no one knows how much time is allotted to us–as individuals or as a society. When I go out the door; when I go to sleep; when I type this passage…any moment could be the moment when I breathe my last.

Miracles happen. Many sports fans in the USA will attest to that citing the game when the USA Hockey team won against Russia in the 1980 Olympics. You couldn’t turn on the television without seeing and hearing the phrase: “Do you believe in miracles?” for some time.Many doctors are acquainted with ‘miraculous’ survivals of people they deemed near death. Just as we have miracles,we also have to deal with freak events that called catastrophes that come without warning.

Some things are certain, however.

We all die.

Christians also believe that we all will face a judgment before God.

When that will happen, no one knows. Jesus, himself, warned us to be ready. He will return.

Matthew 24:36-44- But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Christ is giving us a clear warning not to ‘wait’ to make a decision on where we stand. It is pretty clear that if you knew what day a thief would break in, you’d have called the cops and had them waiting.

Your time to decide where you stand with God; how you feel about Jesus Christ; and what you deem of vital importance in your life is not unending. Yes, the sun may come out tomorrow…but will you be here to see it?

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