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Boast Not of Tomorrow by Karen Biser
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Looked good on paper.

5’5”. 130 lbs. Healthful diet. Active. Enviable pulse, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers. Barely 50 years old.

Sudden chest pain during light housework on a Saturday afternoon. Ear and throat pain. Weak arms. Couldn’t possibly be a heart attack. But it was.

The lesson? “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)

I am thankful that the Lord preserved my life through this ordeal which occurred on Saturday, February 2. It was His providential care which directed the unseen event in a small artery on the back of my heart that day. It was not luck, as the doctor said, that caused a piece of plaque to detach from the artery and break up a blockage which, if it had moved intact, could have ended my life in this world. Luck is for unbelieving fools, who have said in their hearts, “There is no God.” (Psalm 53:1) No, this event was under the sovereign control of my Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who directs all events, both large and small, both seen and unseen.

Life is short, and uncertain. Death is sure. These realities were in my thoughts as I travelled by ambulance to the emergency room. And although I knew my life was in danger, I was not afraid. I had the peace which can only be known by one who has been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ. I could not truly lose my life, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) If my earthly life had ended that day, I would, even now, be rejoicing in Heaven in the presence of my Redeemer. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (I Corinthians 15:55)

How about you? Do you fear death? What if you suddenly found yourself facing the end of your earthly existence? If you have not trusted in the Lord Jesus to save you from your sins, you would be a fool not to be afraid.

“The sting of death is sin...” (I Corinthians 15:56) It is the knowledge of our sin before the eyes of a holy God, which knowledge lies in our hearts, no matter how we try to repress it, that makes us afraid to die. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sin when he died on the cross. Only by putting our faith in Jesus and His saving work can we be freed from this dreadful fear of death.

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

Will you believe on the Lord Jesus today? You don’t know how long you have.

“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2)

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