All Times Are Uncertain


And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” Luke 12:16-20

Yes, these are uncertain times due to the pandemic.  You or I could become ill and die from the coronavirus.  On the other hand, we could also get cancer or be run down by a bus.  The truth is, life itself is uncertain.  I recently welcomed a new grandchild.  He was due on August 14th, and at the beginning of August, my daughter was told, “It could be any day!”  But guess what — the exact moment of his birth remained unknown until the day it happened (August 6th).  Our times are in God’s hands.

Does that mean we shouldn’t plan?  Or that we should take foolhardy risks?  Of course not.  We should live reasonably.  However, we should also avoid worrying too much.  The Bible tells us that worry will not add an hour to our lives.  We should not be surprised when our plans are interrupted, because God’s plan is not always ours.  We should not put off doing good, because the opportunity may not come again.  We should live in and enjoy the present because we don’t know what’s around the corner.

We can make all kinds of plans for things that never happen, but one thing is certain.  Jesus is coming again.  Like everything else in life, we don’t know the day or the hour. It might be today.  It might be in a thousand years. Whenever it happens, we want to be ready.  Make plans for that.  Don’t be like the foolish farmer.  Prepare for the sure thing.

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