October 7, 2015 | Posted in:Carter's Comments

Where did the time go???

Several days ago fall officially began. What happened to summer? I wasn’t ready for summer yet – and now it’s gone.

Then, a few days ago October arrived. I love October, but what happened to September? I needed a few more days before September left for good. In just about three months we will welcome 2016. W-A-I-T!!! 2015 is almost gone? I still have things to do.

Aaach!!! With January I will turn 65 years old! I know this because of all of the phone calls and letters I am receiving from insurance companies.

What happened here? I didn’t send out any announcements. I still enjoy watching the same corny science fiction movies that I watched when I was 10!!! OK. Today I know they are corny; but when I was 10 they were cool. I still enjoy them!

When I was a boy, Christmas never arrived. We waited, and waited and waited and finally, FINALLY, it was here. Time passed SO SLOWLY. Now, it seems like December 31st arrives the day after January 1st. What! Christmas was LAST WEEK!!! But I just celebrated the 4th of July!!!!!

Children who were born not long ago are suddenly graduating from high school. Granddaughters are getting married. And just as suddenly, we realize that we are the patriarchs and matriarchs of our family. We are the generation that will soon pass from the scene and take up our places in the memory of the living. But wasn’t it just yesterday when Dad and Mom were driving us to Grandma’s house for the holidays?

You need another cup of coffee, don’t you? Maybe a nice, freshly baked cookie would help. Coffee and cookies can comfort us and stir some nice memories, but they won’t stop the rapid passing of time.

What is my point in focusing your attention on this depressing thought?

Simply the fact that God warned us through the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes that we need to establish a saving relationship with the Lord before it is too late.

That is the basic message of Ecclesiastes 12:6-8.

Ecclesiastes 12:6–8 (NKJV)
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.
7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.”

Life on earth is only temporary. Even the most important things about our lives will disappear, replaced by eternity. Death and the grave simply signal that we will have run out of time to make important decisions. We will have no more opportunities to prepare for a future that will never end. If we don’t get it right now, we won’t have another opportunity. God has explained very clearly in His Word, the Bible, what lies ahead for all of us, whether we accept it or not. Hell is very real for those who don’t prepare. But so is a glorious future that is beyond description for those who have listened and responded to God’s love and call to salvation. With time zipping by so rapidly, it is dangerous to put off placing our trust and faith in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross in order to secure our salvation. Today is the day to face the truth about life and eternity.

Unfortunately, so many of us don’t realize this in time.

Carter has been the pastor at FSBC Versailles since July, 2000. He holds a Doctor of Theology in Advanced Prophetics from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology in Semitics and Old Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has also been an assignment writer for Union Gospel Press since 1987.