by Ray Harmer
“You just wait until your father get’s home!” This was my mother’s favorite saying after I had stepped on my tail. She knew that letting my father down was worse to me than being ‘whupped’ with a switch. And while waiting for him to come home from work, I tried to butter Mom up. “Is there anything I can do Mom? I did my homework. I cleaned my room.” This could stand as an analogy of the End Times.
God tells us the things we must do to live a life that is pleasing to Him and fulfilling to us. Simply said, if we do not follow His principles we are on an errant course! In the end (our own death or Jesus’ return), in the twinkling of an eye, before the final curtain falls or before it is too late, those without Christ are lost to eternity. If it is death, we may not have time to get right with God as it takes some instantly and unawares (“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor. 6:2). But when Jesus returns for His church, there may be some who think they can wait until then to make it “right”. Sadly, for those who do not worship His Majesty, it will be too late. They will enter the Tribulation.
When Dad got home, there was the punishment (Ga. 6:7). He, like God, was forgiving, but I had to pay for my disobedience. They, like God, had rules laid down. To obey them was to live harmoniously; to disobey equaled a troubled life. The Bible says, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex. 20:12). My mother knew her Bible evidently, as she usually added, “You ain’t long for this world boy!”
We should rejoice with Psalm 147:1, “Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.” Life is so fulfilling knowing God. Someday the doubters and unbelievers will know that Father (God) knows best. He cannot be fooled. So much the better to praise Him while we are alive and redeemed (having accepted Jesus’ free pardon-Rom. 6:23). But we cannot earnestly praise something we do not believe on. For believers in Christ, praise should come easy. It is a true mark as to who a real believer is. If you are not afraid to praise God, you must be a true born-again believer. If praise is far from your lips, how can one be a believer? At this time of year, many find it easy to believe in Santa Claus, but shun the idea of a Holy God who created the Universe and all that is within. It is He that hath made us; and not we ourselves (Ps. 100:3).