Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Ultimate Ambulance Chaser

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Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.  2 Peter 3:9 MSG

Lawyers are often irreverently referred to as "ambulance chasers;" as though they go chasing down people who may have a reason to hire a lawyer and seek some sort of justice for whatever put them in the ambulance to begin with.  

But I think the true Ambulance Chaser; the Ultimate Ambulance, Chaser is God. 

In 2 Peter we read that, while in our minds things often don't happen quickly enough; to God, the timing is perfect.  We learn that God may even delay certain things "coming to us" because it will be better for us in the end, and hopefully will spare our souls.  He wants to see everyone saved, and for some people, it is only in their most desperate hour that they will turn to God, repent, and cry out to him. 

Isn't that amazing?  God loves us so much, and wants us to have a relationship with him so badly that he will design our lives to TRY to save us.

Are you thinking to yourself, "But we aren't all sick, we aren't all in an ambulance because of a critical health issue..."?

Maybe we aren't all sick according to health standards, but we ARE all DYING.  We are all guaranteed that some day we will die.  And, spiritually, we ARE all sick...we ALL fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). 
Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness. 2 Peter 3:11-13 MSG
Everything here today may well be gone tomorrow...

No wonder God is chasing us in our critical condition...He is patient beyond comprehension, but he can't hold back the second coming forever.  Our world is getting worse, and FAST.  God wants us to turn to him as soon as possible.

Last fall, our daughter was stung by a bee at school.  She'd been stung before and nothing major had ever happened, but this time she swelled, and by "swelled" I mean her face was even turning purple.  The school nurse quickly assessed the situation and realized she needed to deliver epinephrine to avoid having our daughter go into full blown anaphylactic shock.  I was working, so when I got the call, I knew that I was closer to the hospital than to her school.  Since she was being transported by ambulance, I determined I would meet them there.  

As it turned out, I almost beat the ambulance to the hospital.  I walked into the ER just shortly after my daughter and husband had arrived with the paramedics.  I was there, just when she needed me most.

Maybe that's a better description of God.  Yes, I was chasing the ambulance; but at a distance which made it impossible for my daughter to see me there.  However, I knew what was going on, I knew where she was heading, and I made it there along side of her to comfort and love her.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I know that I'm incapable of being holy enough to live in Heaven with you.  I need your son, Jesus to be my Savior and Redeemer.  Please help me to remember that your timing is perfect and that you are working out the details of my life so I will be yours.  When I get out of line, Father, forgive me and pursue me...Chase me down.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty

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