This week we learned that a copilot who had mental issues locked the pilot out of the cockpit and proceeded to crash the jetliner, killing over a hundred passengers and crew. Despite his doctor writing an order for him not to fly, he ignored that warning. The families and loved ones of these people are now mourning and grieving. No one who boarded that plane knew of their fate.
Which brings me to this: what role did God play in all of this?
The Bible tells us many things about life and death.
O Lord, You have searched me and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.
God is all-knowing and in control of all that happens. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:30 that the very hairs of our head are numbered. He knows when we are going to be born... and when we are going to die.
For some of these people on this plane, their souls went on to be with Jesus in heaven. For others, they didn't. Which makes hell their eternal destiny. They don't have another chance. It depended on the decision they made beforehand whether they were going to make Jesus their Lord and Savior.
How about you? Have you made that most important decision to accept Christ and make Him your Lord? If you haven't, why not? Some of you may have been putting it off, feeling you have some time. You want to "sow your oats" first and aren't ready to give up your earthly pleasures. You think you have time. But do you really?
God already knows what your last day of life will be like. You may be alone. Or you may be with other people. He also knows when your last day will be.