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Something Unexpected
April 2, 2020

            At about nine o’clock that night, the surgeon took my son into the operating room, and removed his appendix.  There was no evidence of any perforations which was really good news.  Since there were no other complications, he was placed into a room at about eleven at night.  He came home on Tuesday with some discomfort from the surgical procedure, but he is otherwise doing well.

            It is really amazing to consider what happened in the course of one day.  The events of Monday, February twenty-fourth were totally unplanned.  Mondays are typically days of rest, banking, and personal business in our household.  We never dreamed that our day and night would be spent at the hospital and end with a surgery to remove my son’s appendix.

            In essence, one cannot completely plan for the unexpected events in life.  We are thankful that our son’s problem was found and corrected before the situation worsened.  Still, there are unexpected events that are much worse and troublesome than an infected appendix.  People become sick and sometimes die from things much worse—although a burst appendix can potentially be deadly in nature.  What spiritual truths can be gleaned from our experience?

            First, one must be continually prepared for the return of Christ.  This might sound ridiculous to the unbeliever, but Jesus will return for a second time.  2 Peter 3:10 says, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”  Scripture is replete with passages that demonstrate immediate action regarding one’s soul salvation.   II Corinthians 6:1-2 says, “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says, "In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  Given the uncertainty of the future, one should never delay being obedient to the gospel (Hebrews 5.8-9; I Peter 3.21; Romans 6.1-4).  Why would a person take a chance on the future in regards to their soul’s final destination?  Such procrastination is folly.

            Even though we do not know what to expect, we are the children of One who sees, knows, and controls the future.  Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  We cannot control future events.  As a result, this can create great anxiety in people’s lives.  Even though Jesus was about to be crucified, He trusted in His father.  Matthew 26:42 “Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done."  Jesus was apprehensive about His agonizing death at Calvary, but He trusted in God’s will for His earthly life.

            As children of God, we are not left without instructions and promises regarding the future.  The Bible explains man’s past, present, and future.  Sadly, all will die if Jesus does not first return.  Hebrews 9:27 says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”  In essence, we know the future and the immediate purpose of human kind.  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  If one knows his beginning, his purpose, and his final destination, he has nothing to be fearful about—even if he is walking through the valley of death!

            Finally, we should not be so arrogant as to think we know what the future holds.  It is sinful for man to continue his earthly walk without God as his guide.  James 4:13-16 says, “Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."  As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”  With God guiding my life I cannot go wrong—even when the unexpected happens.


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