Edwards’ Resolution #7

Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 in Resolutions

download7. Resolved, Never to do any thing, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

Talk about counter-intuitive/counter-flesh/counter-cultural! In Romans 7 Paul is overwhelmed with his sinfulness – how he did not do the things his heart told him to do and he did the things his heart told him not to do. Flesh won – at least for the moment. Edward’s tells us to focus on that last hour of our life – if we could know the moment when we would die or the Lord return. What tasks would we prioritize? What would the true desire of our heart be to accomplish in those last hours?

History has shown how man in general would act – even some professing Christians – if they knew. Last year the world was predicted to end according to the Mayan calendar and we read stories of people living it up, chasing after the things of the wind, seeking to get that last few moments of secular pleasure. As the Scriptures put it, “All sorts of riotous living” – along with running up credit card accounts purchasing extravagant vacations and high end clothing. All sorts of fleshly, sinful behavior – because they “knew.” Imagine their surprise!

A similar occasion had similar results in 1988 surrounding a mathematician’s prediction, “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be In 1988,” while giving the specific date in September. You might argue from Scripture that no man knows the day and hour. His answer was that he only gave the day, not the hour. Anyhow, there were documented incidents of riotous living around this prediction as well, as there have been with Harold Camping’s failed predictions (how many now?).

Edward’s reminds us to live every moment fearing God. The joy in fearing God is that it glorifies Him. We should live as if He will come again at any moment, and as one old pastor asked, “What would He find you busy with?” I would say it is evidence of God’s grace that He did not and does not tell us when He will come or when we will die. After all, how would we prepare? No, He tells us to live every moment in light of His return to the praise of His glorious grace.

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