“How long must your servant wait?” (Psalm 119:84a)
A radio talk show host in California once asked his listeners a troubling question. “What,” he asked, “would you do with the rest of today if you knew it was the last day you had to live?”
Immediately they responded. “I would go to an organ donor bank as soon as possible and donate all of my organs to help others who were dying,” said the first caller.
The second one said, “I’d cram as many daring and exciting things as possible in my remaining few hours. I would take every risk since it wouldn’t matter if I lived or died. I’d have fun.”
“I’d call my wife and children and tell them that I loved them very much and ask them if they needed anything from me before I died,” said the third caller.
The fourth caller said, “I’d begin reading my Bible and make sure my heart was right with God before I meet Him. I want everything to be O.K. before we meet.”
Each of us has a date with death. We do not know the day or the hour of that final day when our heart will stop beating. The Psalmist reminded us of this fact when he wrote, “How long must your servant wait?” However, no date or hour was revealed. He received no answer.
Whether we have one day or many days is known only to God. He alone has that number in His Book of Life, and He is responsible for the number of days we will live. But each of us is responsible for making certain that our hearts are right with God before that date arrives. In between “now and then” we are to live each day for Him.
Help us, Father, to recognize the uncertainties of life and the certainty of death and make all things right. Your grace and Your judgment are always on time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.