The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 50

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away” –[James 4:14 KJV]

One of the most dangerous of all the schemes of the enemy is that of helping us in our procrastination (that is, the endless putting off for another time what really needs to be done NOW). Like all of his schemes, procrastination seems harmless. If it were not, we would not indulge in it. No one willfully indulges in something that can harm him or her! But it is subtle and deceitful, and this is where its danger lies.

Evangelist D.L.Moody told the story of a minister who was getting ready to preach a sermon on the urgency of receiving Christ without delay. As he was studying his sermon notes he fell asleep in his chair and he had a strange dream. In this dream he overheard a conversation between several demons who were huddled together, trying to work out a scheme for leading the people on earth to hell.

One of the demons said, “Lets tell them that the Bible is not the Word of God and that it can’t be trusted”. The others shook their heads and said, “That’s not enough”. Then another said, “Let’s tell them that God doesn’t exist, that Jesus was only a good man, and that there is really no such thing as heaven or hell”. The others thought for a while and then they unanimously agreed that there had to be a better way to deceive people.

Then one demon, renowned for his cunning, spoke up: “Let’s tell people that there is a God, a Saviour, and a heaven, and a hell, and that everyone will eventually end up in one place or the other. But let’s tell them that they have all the time in the world to be saved, and encourage them to put off the decision.” All the demons jumped up and shouted with glee “That’s it! Let’s go to work!”

Many people will spend eternity in hell because they procrastinate, thinking that they can receive Christ “tomorrow”. There was a song entitled “Let’s Forget About Tomorrow”, one of the lines of which said “for tomorrow never comes”. Sadly, for many people, tomorrow never comes! Don’t be among that group. If you think you are secure in your salvation simply because you attend a ‘church’ faithfully, then let me encourage you today to seek the truth about salvation – don’t procrastinate!

You might say “I’m not worried; I know I’m saved”. That’s fine! But there are many other things, which God has planned for us to do, which we know we should be doing, but we keep putting them off! We find a good (even “godly”!) reason to procrastinate.

Watch out! (See v.17). Everyone will have to give account one day!

            Devotional                                                                                                                            Preach The Word The Word with Pastor Joseph Rodrigues