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The Twilights Last Gleaming

April 15, 2007

Joel 3:14  “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:  for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.” 

John 9:4  “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the nigh cometh, when no man can work.”

Oftentimes in the summer, we tend to be constantly busy, tending to all of the things that need tended to and as a result the callender almost seems to jump from May right into September.  One thing that takes a chunk of time on the weekends is mowing the lawn.  Sometimes, in an attempt to finish it without having to mow the next day, I’ll be racing against the sun.  Once dusk sets in, it’s pointless to continue and suddenly, the consequences of the lengthy breaks taken during the day are manifest.  Time marches on, regardless of how we utilize it, and when it runs out, it runs out. 

In the afternoons, I find likewise, myself running around with an urgency that gradually increases up until 2:30pm when I have to leave for work.  The closer that it gets to 2:30pm, the greater the rush in an attempt to acomplish all that needs to be accomplished so that when I return home, my wife doesn’t have to ask “what did you do all day?”  This will no longer be a problem for a time as I go to third shift starting tonight.  I’ll have to adjust my blogging time along with sleep, but it should work out for the better.  I’ll be able to see the kids more and will also be able to take care of things around here without rushing around.   Still there’s no such thing as “turning back the hands of time.” 

Never has it been more important to redeem the time that remains.  Such has always been the case as none of us have a promise that we’ll be in this world tomorrow morning.  Today, however, this is compounded by the approach of the end of the age.  A time that Jesus told us would see tribulation unlike any other time in history.  This isn’t a pleasant thought; to think that the days ahead will even rival the most horriffic times in history, let alone surpass them.  Yet this is a scriptural accuracy that cannot be denied and as such there is an increased urgency of doing all that we can to reach the lost while there’s time.  I feel inadequate in discussing this as I’ve squandered away more time than I care to think about.  Nonetheless, it’s imperative that we make the most of the time that remains.  (I’m talking to myself also)

One thing to remember.  While the “worst of times” lie ahead, they are followed by “the best of times” when the Lord Jesus returns in like fashion as he left and establishes his kingdom upon the earth.  The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.  (Habakkuk 2:14)  So while talk of the end times is troubling to some, it’s really a time to “look up” because our redemption is close at hand.  We need to keep our hearts and eyes completely upon the Lord Jesus who has promised to be with us always.  No matter what we face in this present realm Jesus will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be with us.  His peace is beyond our understanding and his grace is sufficient for any situation. 

II Timothy 3:1-5  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, proud, blasphemers, disobediant to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false acusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

When talking to people, some of them seem to realize that these are peculiar times.  Some even seem to acknowledge it more than those professing to be saints.  Yet for the most part, folks are going about their daily agenda as though things are going to continue on indefinately.  Of the above passage, verse five is the most troubling.

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

Folks going through the motions while souls are slipping into eternity every day.  Folks who profess to believe the gospel and yet deny the life changing power of the gospel.  Not grasping the seriousness of the hour as they go about their agenda.  Yesterday, I added the page entitled “Heaven and hell Links.”  It contains testimonies from people who have been given a glimpse of the eternal realm.  We really need to grasp the temporal nature of this world and the ramifications of being ovecharged by it.  The following verse is quoted often, but it really sums up the situation.

II Corinthians 4:18  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the thngs which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 

I pray that we would have our hearts firmly established on the eternal.  That we would love the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly and love our neighbor as ourselves.  (Mark 12:29-31)If we do this in all sincerety and love not this present world, we’ll strive to always be about our Fathers business.  We’ll strive to redeem the time and seek to please the Lord in all that we do.  This has been on my heart much lately; to arrive at a place in the Lord that we truly are ready to follow him wherever he wants us to be.  In other words, it he should tell us to “sell all that we have, travel to Istanbul, and when we get there, he’ll instruct us further”, we’ll do it.  I pray that we all would arrive a such a place in the Lord. 

I need to close this up for now, although it may be expanded later.  To grasp the urgency of the hour is paramount.  To not be consumed by the spirit of this age and caught up in the temporal elements of the world.  To work while there’s still time as time can come to an end with no warning.  Each time I hear of a fatal automobile accident the same thing comes to mind.  The folks who were in the vehicle we’re on the road because they planned on going somewhere; a somewhere that resided just beyond their season in the valley of decision.  Believe me, I’m pointing a big finger at myself throughout this post as I need to hear everything that’s in it.  (It’s kind of a “note to self”)  I’ll close out with a couple of familiar passages.

Ephesians 5:15-17  “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but knowing what the will of the Lord is.”

II Peter 3:9-11   “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” 

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12 comments

  1. May the Lord help all of us to use our time wisely and have our priorities set with Him always in mind. Thank you for this post.

    Blessings,

    Carol


  2. As you know, I’m a million percent behind you on this post topic of time running out!! Just wanted to say that when it comes to our mortality sadly I don’t think any of us (even as Christians) truly connect with it until perhaps literally faced with it, and maybe not even then. I know I felt that when my wonderful husband was dying of his alcoholism – he was 5 days dying in hospital, but even when told the outcome was poor, I found it hard to accept – he was blissfully unaware until quite near the end – and afterwards found his death equally hard to accept – it certainly changed my own perspective to a degree, pushing me into an almost dangerous desire to die that year – while I would never have acted on the depth of that desire, I found it honed my sense of my mortality to the greatest heights ever as I recognised that I could be taken Home at any instant, and so utterly desired that (but for the wrong reasons – to be with Stephen more than the Lord). Over the 9 years since, the Lord has graciously revealed Himself to me so much more than ever before, so that for more of that time than not my desire is now to be with Him, and to not even think about Stephen other than fleetingly (for that particular reason – think about him plenty for other reasons 🙂 ).

    I now work hard to ensure that should I go Home today that my life is as much in order as possible to leave behind – Will made, important documents sorted out, 95% of all my affairs up to date etc. I’m an organiser at heart so that was important to me. But the even more important thing is to use my life here for as long as I have it to do as you are, and persuade those who don’t know Jesus as Saviour to wake up before it’s too late. Blessings as always Tim – TKR


  3. another great post from you!!!!!
    I just love coming here and read your blog. I have to learn much more about using my time wisely.

    Thanks Timbob for this timely posting!

    Blessings
    Andrea


  4. Oh brother,

    Is there any way we can print this post and put it on a banner for all Christians to see? I mean it !

    This is about getting caught up in this world and it’s ways. The world is setting the example. If we are not careful, we silently by into it.

    I spent years on the hampster wheel, going around and around and I know what is was like. By the grace of God, I shall not go back.

    Thanks for a so very timely post,
    Richard
    P.S. Any chance God would have you proclaim this on the rooftops?


  5. Timbob, I see my husband has just been here…
    and I will agree, it is another great post! We can relate, and it is no time to play around.

    “This has been on my heart much lately; to arrive at a place in the Lord that we truly are ready to follow him wherever he wants us to be. In other words, it he should tell us to “sell all that we have, travel to Istanbul, and when we get there, he’ll instruct us further”, we’ll do it. I pray that we all would arrive a such a place in the Lord.”

    Amen!
    May the Lord help us to be obedient and willing, whatever the cost, with no agenda of our own other than to do the Lords will.
    Often things don’t turn out or look like we think they will when He says to do something, but it doesn’t mean He isn’t working in and through every situation as we follow Him.
    He is just so faithful.
    I know I keep saying this, but it is ever so true!
    Our Lord and Savior is beyond awesome, and so worthy of our praise!

    May the Lord Bless you and your family abundantly Timbob! You’re in our prayers.

    Susan


  6. Greetings Carol, and Amen to using the time that remains wisely. Thanks for commenting and always being in touch.

    have a blessed day in Christ.


  7. Greetings Ha Tikvah. You’re right about our seeming inability to really grasp these things until affected. At least not as we should be. Thank you for sharing here. As I write, my family is in the balance and as such I keep them in prayer while striving to walk in the Spirit at all times. To not let insignificant things get to me and strive to be instant in season; out of season. Thanks again for sharing.

    have a blessed day in Jesus.


  8. Greetings Andrea. I always love visiting your site. Yur love for the Lord Jesus is so inspiring and I’a amazed at the number of good sites that you come across. I was wondering what part of Virginia are you in? I was in Norfolk for a few years. Three of those years were in the navy and I lived down there for a year afterwards. I stayed because the church went street preaching every Saturday night and it was awesome!

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  9. Greetings Richard. Always great to hear from you. You’re so right about how easy it is to get caught up in the ways of the world. I felt so unqualified to even post this as I’ve squandered a lot of time in the past. I can really relate to the “hampster wheel” analogy. Thanks so comenting.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  10. Greetings Susan. I’m always encouraged by your comments to strive all the more to be in the lords will; even if it makes no sense in the natural. To truly love not our own lives in this present world. If we could really grasp this as we should, imagine what would take place. I think of Paul who had it all and then “counted it all but dung” that he amy win Christ. Thanks so much for commenting. Your family has been in my prayers also.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  11. Ooh! Two typos in the above comment!

    ( 1 ) to be in the “Lords” will (second line)

    ( 2 ) that he “may” win Christ. (not “amy”)

    I’m not yet adjusted to working third shift.


  12. The twilights last gleams….I have heard the same:

    It is the twilight of the current age, and we bask in its fading gleams. Much that can be shaken, soon will be.

    That was from a post here: http://theagetocome.wordpress.com/2006/09/26/to-run-the-race/

    Needless to say – I agree!

    Blessings,

    Peter



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