Someone asked, "What happens if you get scared half to death twice?"
In II Kings 20:1 we have the record of the prophet Isaiah coming to king Hezekiah and saying, "Thus says the Lord, 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' " Eventually Hezekiah had fifteen years added to his life. Nevertheless the exhortation found in this verse is one that we should all consider. The exhortation is certainly applicably to all. The scriptures state, "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment..." (Hebrews 9:27). This truth is self evident but yet a fact that is often brushed to the side because of a unwillingness to face our own mortality. Because this truth applies to us then let us "set our house in order".
We set our house in order by realizing that this requires more than just considering things of a physical nature. We certainly have a responsibility in our stewardship of the things that God has blessed us with, but Jesus spoke of the proper order of things when He said, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). Let us not leave undone the most important things of life. The prophet Amos said to God's people, "Prepare to meet your God, O Israel" (Amos 4:12). Since it is inevitable that we stand before Him, should we not do the same?
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