Payday Someday

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…, Hebrews 9:27.

For it is written:
“As I live, says the Lord,

Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

So then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God, Roman 14:11, 12.

Over the last few days, we’ve had a garage sale to pare down some of the things we’re going to have to move, and to make a few bucks to help with said move.   We had stuff spread out in the driveway, the garage, the kitchen and the living room.  We had lots of people stop by.  Except for one thing, it was thoroughly enjoyable. At some time, someone helped themselves to a laptop computer that was NOT part of the sale.  I never gave it a single thought or I would have put it away, but I left it out where they could see it.  They saw it and they took it.

Thank the Lord, there was nothing personal on it yet; I had just gotten it.  Still, it was saddening to me.  That person will ultimately pay far more for that laptop than he, our daughter thought she saw the person who stole it, than he can ever possibly begin to imagine.

There is coming a payday someday.

One day, that gentleman will pay for his sins, including the theft of the laptop.  My true prayer for him is that this will be the last thing he will ever steal, that he will repent of his wickedness, and that God would be pleased to draw him to Himself.

It’s a sad thing that people don’t stop to think…

Payday someday.

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A Forever Home

Home.

Forever.

Two words that don’t really go together in this life.  As we use them, they just basically mean someplace permanent.  Often, they’re used for children being adopted to describe their new home.  But they’re not really “forever.”

As I sit here typing this, my chair, a table, a floor lamp and a desk are all that’s left in this combination living-dining room.  The dining room half is empty and you can see where the formal dining table, the china cabinet and another desk left their marks in the carpet.  Their “home,” too, was not forever.  But they are still with family, and, Lord willing, one day a sixth generation will sit and eat at that table.

We’ve lived here for 18 years.  I’m old enough that I fully expected to die in this house.  But nothing in this life is forever, and, Lord willing, in a few weeks, we’ll be done here and be starting a new chapter in life somewhere else.  Grandma will get to be grandma again and I, well, I’ll be getting used to a little one with way too much energy.  At the same time, though, they have cats. 🙂  Grandma’s not too excited about that, but I grew up around cats.  I love cats.

I don’t mean the last few sentences the way they might sound.  I’m looking forward to having another opportunity to teach a new generation.  At the same time, I have a new appreciation for my own grandmother.

But….

There really is a forever home.

It’s called heaven.

During the last few days before His crucifixion, our Lord made a promise to His disciples.  He was trying to tell them that things were going to change drastically in a day or so, and that He was going to leave them.  He wouldn’t leave them orphans, but would send a Helper to be with them and in them.  He was going to prepare a place for them, so that where He was, they would one day be there, too, John 14:2, 3..

This will truly be their “forever home.”

So thus we shall always be with the Lord, 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NKJV.

Just as a coincidental note – when I accessed the Bible program I use on this computer to make certain of verses I want to refer to, it opened up with 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 as “verse of the day.”

I’m sure we really have no idea about what eternity will be like.  The only thing we know for certain is that the Lord Jesus will be there.  Nothing else really matters.

But there is a second forever place, as well.

Hell.

We can’t really call it “home,” because it will be as far from the idea of home as one can get.  And we have no real idea what it will be like.

But it will be forever.