The Bible describes life as fragile like the vapor from a tea pot, which is here for a second then gone the next (James 4:13-15, Psalms 144:4). Mankind has a habit of getting so caught up in all this world has to offer that he just feels life will last for a long time. But the word of God teaches such isn't the case, for man is only a step from death (1 Samuel 20:3). No one is promised the next five seconds, though we may think we are (Luke 12:13-31). Just imagine the person who was walking down the street and was killed by a stray bullet. The question is "did that person think he had the next five seconds?" I say he did, however one can easily see how death can take that all away (Psalms 103:14-15, Psalms 146:3-4).
Last weekend's explosion of the space shuttle hit hard into the minds of many that death is out there and could come at any second to anyone (2 Samuel 14:14). Those astronauts were only about 15 minutes from touching down in central Florida and then the shuttle blew up, canceling all the thoughts and intentions of those astronauts along with their loved ones on the ground. Death didn't end it for those people on the shuttle, and neither will it for any of us for after death comes the Judgment Day (Hebrews 9:27). On that day, all men will stand before the Creator and give account for every deed done, every thought planned, and every word said (Romans 14:9-12, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Hebrews 4:13, Ecclesiastes 12:14).
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