Weekly Devotion – Exodus 9:5

Published 2:10 pm Thursday, August 17, 2023

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 9:5, “The LORD set a time and said, ‘Tomorrow the LORD will do this in the land.’”

Time is something that we think about at different levels. On one hand, we seem to never have enough time, we are always rushing around to get things done, many people are always late, we have things we haven’t finished because we run out of time, we complain about there not being enough hours in the day, and so forth. Far too often, it seems like we let time hold us prisoner, or at least control us.

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But on the other hand, we seem to think we have all the time in the world. We put off doing things that are really important, we say we will get to it tomorrow, or next week, or when we get around to it, or we’ll just do it later. And honestly, we don’t know if we will even have a later.

But time marches on and waits for no one. Acts 17:31 tells us, “For he has set a day (KJV says appointed a day) when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” One thing is certain, we will all stand before the judgment throne of God. And we will have to give an account of the life we have lived, this is an appointment you cannot put off, cannot postpone, and cannot welch out of. So, we need to be sure we are making plans for that day today, while we still have time. All of the good things you have ever done will be not able to outweigh the bad things you have done. You (and I and everyone else) will be found guilty. But Jesus will step in for those who belong to him, he will stand up for us and say he has taken our punishment, we are to be set free. That is the only correct answer. And so, we need to be making sure we are committing ourselves to the Lord today. Because this is the only day we have.Father, help me be ready for that day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.