“Oh I Tell You… The Cost of Lingering – When God Speaks!”

Lou Yeboah 2015 pg 6
Lou Yeboah

By: Lou Yeboah

Listen, life is short, and we do not know what will happen tomorrow [James 4:13-14]. The Bible urges us to get right with God today [Luke 12:40]. God illustrated the importance of being prepared for His coming in [Matthew 25:1-13]. This message is a reminder, a word of warning or caution for those who are so busy living from day to day they forget how completely fragile and uncertain life is. Simply stated by James, our lives are only a mist, a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Here today and gone tomorrow; here one minute and gone the next. In the Bible, Paul writes, for He [God] says: “… Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” [2 Corinthians 6:2].  If you do not know Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, I beg you today to give your life to Jesus. No one has a guarantee that they’ll live another day. Life is short. Eternity is long.  Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of Salvation.” [Isaiah 49:8]

Don’t be like Lot …When it was Time for Decisive Action, Lot lingered…When Heavenly Messengers Were Urging Him to Go, Lot lingered…When Judgment was Imminent, Lot lingered! Lot was highly favored, and in the midst of a general destruction angels were sent to take care of him. He had received a warning which many had not heard – and he had felt the terror that warning would excite. Lot stood in the condition of one who knew that he must leave the city, for it was about to be destroyed. He intended to hurry, but he hesitated. Being slow to move when fully aware that judgment is swift to overtake is very dangerous. Had Lot hastened as the Lord desired him to, his wife would not have become a pillar of salt. Lot had too much of a lingering spirit. Let us not be like him. The same voice that warned Lot to leave Sodom bids us, repent while it is still day! For neither time, nor death, nor judgment linger. Decide for Christ before it is too late. Escape for your life! [Genesis 19:17] Remember Lot’s wife,” as a fearful warning, says the Lord. She became cold, careless, and disobedient. Finally the judgments of God fell upon her, and she became a pillar of salt.

There is a warning that the patience of God with unbelievers and unrepentant people will one day come to an end. It is a warning both for the people of God and for the world. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” [Ephesians 5:15-17]. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while He is near” [Isaiah 55:6]… the Son of Man will come at an hour when we least expect Him.” [Matthew 24:44] God warns each one of us to be ready.

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death… Now choose life…” [Deuteronomy 30:15-20]

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