"An Inside Perspective"

October 2005

My dear family in Christ,

Ever precious greetings in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ! About 15 years ago I stood trembling before a judge on sentencing day. Three years prior, I had committed a terrible crime. I was accused of acting purposely and knowingly, and therefore, the State of New Jersey attempted to give me the death penalty. The State was attempting, according to their version of my crime, to give me the worst possible sentence under the law. My lawyer, on the other hand, according to the circumstances of my case, was trying to get me the least amount of time possible under the law.

I had finished my five week trial and had been found guilty of a lesser offense. I was told I would be sentenced in six weeks time. I was given an exact date and was told to prepare for sentencing. As you may guess, it was a radically long and reflective six weeks. There was nothing I could change, the table was set. During the course of those six weeks every thing about me was compiled from my youth on up. Everything good and everything bad, nothing was held back. It is written, “Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.” Finally, the day came, just as I had been told. My life was reviewed, I was judged and then sentenced to 30 years.

It is written, “Therefore thus will I do unto thee 0 Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, Prepare to meet thy God” This verse states an eternal principle with God. The words are an invitation and a warning to every generation, and, to you and I personally. Believer---”Prepare to Meet thy God.”

Nearly seventy years ago, the largest railroad company in our country saw the danger and death that so often resulted from the collision of their steel locomotives with cars and trucks at railroad crossings. Therefore, the company offered a prize of $2,500 to the person who would suggest the three best words to be used as warning words at railroad crossings. The person who won the prize offered just three words, which you have often seen: Stop, Look, Listen. Each of these words cost $833, but they are of no avail unless they are obeyed. What good is the word “stop” if people don’t stop? What protection does the word “look” offer if one doesn’t look? What warning does the word “listen” give if we don’t listen? Believer--- “Prepare to meet thy God!”

As believers, thankfully, Christ has met the wrath of God on our behalf, but be sure not to take your liberty as a license to live for yourself. We also will stand before the Lord and answer for every “jot and tittle” of how we lived our Christian life. It is written, “Out of your own mouth will I judge you [and] it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Beloved, if it is a fearful thing when you are living right, how much more then, when you know you are living in willful disobedience? Believer---”Prepare to meet thy God.”

Every word of the text is extremely simple. To “prepare” simply means to “get ready”—--get ready for death, get ready for the judgment, get ready for the coming of the Lord. The Scriptures are saying that men are not ready to meet God. I was not able to get ready after my trial, the table was already set. I could only sit in anxious anticipation of my self-inflicted fate. So also, you can not get ready after you are dead, you must prepare now. The Bible is clear, nothing but the blood of Jesus Christ can remove sin. It is written, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

“Prepare to meet thy God” means “ get ready to meet God.” People get ready to marry. Some get ready to go on vacation trips. Many get ready for old age by taking out pensions. In fact, most people get ready for everything, except, to meet God. Believer---”Prepare to meet thy God!”

There is one thing certain, all must meet God. The rich and the poor, the learned and the unlearned, and yes, the unbeliever and the believer, will all meet God. You may have canceled many appointments here in this life, but there is one date you are going to keep. You will face the God who made you. It is written, “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” Believer---”Prepare to meet thy God!”

You might die suddenly and be ushered into the presence of God without any advance notice. An old preacher in Scotland who was rather eccentric, went to the shop of a man in his community one day. The shopkeeper says, “I was busy in my shop, when right into the midst of my work, in stepped the preacher without knocking and without giving a word of announcement.” The preacher said, “Did you expect me?” “No sir, I didn’t,” the shopkeeper replied. The preacher paused a moment, and then said grimly, “What if I had been death?”



(partial credits, A.W. Pink)