I was in a state of semi-consciousness on the deck of a cruise ship. The warmth of the sun and the gentle rocking of the ship had lulled me into a state of near oblivion. Then, the blaring and slightly obnoxious voice of the ship’s captain interrupted my peaceful repose. “There will be a mandatory Life Boat Drill in fifteen minutes!”
At first I was mildly irritated, then reason slowly prevailed. The drill was for my own safety and protection. Being unprepared could be disastrous. The same thing may be said of the Lord’s counsel in the spiritual realm. We need to be prepared if an ‘all-out’ emergency besets us; however, it is not mandatory for us to be ready for the eventualities of life. Although a preparedness check is not compulsory, a loving Lord does admonish us to use our free will to check our readiness.
From the Old Testament, I would call your attention to two verses;
- First, the words from the Book of Lamentations (3:40) expresses God’s urging, “Let us search out and examine our way, and turn back to the Lord.” If we have forgotten His directions, we need to turn back to them.
- Secondly, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart…” (Deuteronomy 4:9, NIV). Survival instructions are too important to be left to chance.
Words from the New Testament likewise echo God’s concern that we be prepared for possible future emergencies;
- 2 Corinthians 13:5 implores us to, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves”.
- Again in Galatians 6:4, God’s gives these words of caution, “But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another”.
The wisdom of Solomon is reflected in the following proverb; “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 27:3, NLT).
Conclusion: From time to time it is a good idea to have a spiritual Life Boat Drill. Our eternal life could be a stake.
~ Brother Roy