Set Thine House In Order
Things were going along just fine and then Isaiah the prophet comes to Hezekiah and tells him, “Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.” I am sure it came as a complete surprise but the warning was given. Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and began to pray and weep unto the Lord. God spoke to Isaiah and he came back with a message from God and he was given fifteen years more to live.
As I was reading this story I wondered what would happen in our lives if God told us we had fifteen years and then we were going to die. Would we keep a calendar and mark off the days? Would we spend every waking hour enjoying life? What would you do with your time?
If we had limited time left to live I am sure that many of us would try to do all those things we never got to do. I am sure that we would spend more time reading our Bible, praying and so forth. What I wonder is why don’t we do it without the warning that our days are numbered? We don’t know but we may only have fifteen years left. God hasn’t promised us fifteen years, weeks or days. Each day should be to us another day that God has given to us to live.
I shouldn’t be but I am always surprised to see after a funeral folks getting back into Church. Sometimes they even begin tithing and in some cases they even might volunteer to do something. In many of these cases I have found that after a short period of time they fall back into the same rut they were in before their loved one died. The commitment they made was not lasting as it was not made with God but with man. With time they forget what they promised or committed to do and before you know it they are back doing what they were doing before.
When are the people of God going to wake up and realize that God is watching 24/7 and he is keeping the records? Why don’t God’s people get committed to seeing the Lord’s work grow and prosperous?