When we hear in the Bible that a person “was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of” so and so, this is what is recorded for their life as a whole. Now, if this does not make you think twice about your own life, then think about this. Did you know that each person’s life is also being recorded? It sure is, and at the end of our days, it will be said about us that we “did evil in the sight of the Lord” or “that which is righteous in the sight of the Lord”. All throughout the Old Testament, more people were counted as evil than righteous. Even in 2 Kings 13, we hear about Jehoahaz and Jehoash, and how God really saw them. Their lives were opened before God and it says that Jehoahaz 1“did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.” (2 Kings 13:2) And Jehoash’s life was not much different, for it says that 1“he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord; he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked therein.” (2 Kings 13:11) How about your life? It is also recorded before God. If you were to die today, would you be found guilty or innocent when you are set before the Lord Jesus in judgement? How about if you are around when Jesus returns in His Second Coming? Would you be raptured up with the rest of the saints of God, or be consumed with fire, along with the rest of the wicked? Now, I know this is a lot to take in right now, but know that we are living in the last days. Jesus is coming soon and even our lives are not guaranteed till tomorrow. So why not repent today, before it is too late?
We just talked about how our lives are recorded before God, but one thing you must know is that this all relates to the book of life. If you were found to do righteous before God, then your name would also be written in the book of life. These are those who will be with the Lord forever in the new earth and the new heaven. However, those people who are found to do evil in the sight of God, their names are not written in the book of life. These are those who will be thrown into the lake of fire, where there will be torment, pain, and suffering. It was Jesus who gave this vision to John, of which reads, 2“and I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15) Where do you stand with God? Will you also stand before God in fear and trembling on judgment day, or be joyful on this grand occasion? All this depends upon how you lived your life for Christ or this world. Seek Jesus daily through reading the Bible and praying often, then you will make better choices and start doing right things for God.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more people will examine their lives. That they will not wait until judgment to see if they are found innocent or guilty. It doesn’t have to end badly for people as long as they still have breath. There is still time for people to repent and give their lives to You, Jesus, in prayer. Then, You can take a wretched person like I was and conform that man, woman, or child, into the person You wish they would be. We are either living in our old life still or have been given a new life. This new life cannot be gained any other way, but through Your mighty hand, Lord. We must call upon Your Name in prayer, and then forgiveness can take place in our lives. As we enter baptism, can the fire of the Holy Spirit enter our lives, and renew our souls. Lord, all I desire is to live this life for You. I have been found unworthy most of my life, but since You cleansed me of all my sins, my thoughts and desires have been moved to trust in You now. Therefore, I pray that You will continue to use me all the rest of my days. Shine Your light down from the heavens, even upon my life and other Christians, that more people will see You in us and want to follow You. Help me to be a good example to everyone round about me. Help me to always make the best choices. I know that my flesh desires certain things, and will often lead me on an entirely different path, which is evil if I am not looking to You in faith. Therefore, keep my eyes looking upward. Guide me in everything I do. I do not wish to conformed like the world any longer, but to have Your purity and righteousness flow into my life daily. Cast out any wicked part of me that still exists and replace these things with Your love. I love You more than what this world offers me. I love You, Lord. I give You glory and praise.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.