‘NUMBER 127’

AT MANY STORES AND EVENTS, YOU ARE GIVEN A NUMBER UNTIL IT IS YOUR TIME TO BE SERVED AN ORDER OF FOOD, MAKE A PURCHASE OR T0 RETURN AN ITEM. MOST OF US HAVE BEEN IN A SITUATION OF TAKING A NUMBER AND WAITING IN LINE FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER. SOMEONE CALLS OUT “NUMBER 83” AND YOU ARE HOLDING A LITTLE PAPER TAB THAT IS IMPRINTED ‘127’. ALL YOU CAN THINK IS; “I AM GOING TO BE HERE ALL DAY!”. IS YOUR CONCERN ONLY ABOUT YOUR WAIT? HOW ABOUT ALL THOSE WHO ARE BEHIND YOU IN LINE WITH NUMBERS LIKE 152 OR 165? BE THANKFUL YOUR NUMBER IS NOT AS HIGH AS THEIRS’.

IN SCRIPTURE, WE ARE TOLD OVER AND OVER TO WAIT. GOD IS CONSTANTLY TEACHING US TO WAIT. NOT TO JUST WAIT, BUT TO WAIT PATIENTLY WHILE UNDERSTANDING GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN WE DO. SCRIPTURE TELLS US TO ‘WAIT UPON THE LORD’. DON’T MISUNDERSTAND THESE WORDS. BY WAITING UPON THE LORD, WE ARE NOT WAITING FOR GOD TO MAKE UP HIS MIND. WE ARE WAITING FOR GOD’S PERFECT TIMING. GOD HAS KNOWN THE WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHO AND HOW ALL ALONG. BY WAITING UPON THE LORD, WE ARE SIMPLY WAITING UPON OURSELVES. GOD IS WAITING UPON US TO BE IN THE RIGHT MINDSET AND SITUATION TO BE PREPARED FOR HIS TIMING. AS WE IMPATIENTLY WAIT FOR OUR NUMBER, GOD IS PREPARING US. AS WE ‘WAIT UPON GOD’…HE IS WAITING FOR US TO BE READY IN OUR HEARTS.

WE ALL HAVE ANOTHER ‘NUMBER’. OUR NUMBER IS THE EXACT DATE AND TIME OUR LIFE ON EARTH ENDS. NO ONE KNOWS THE TIME OR DATE. ARE YOU WAITING WITH NUMBER IN HAND TO GO TO HEAVEN OR HAVE YOU NOT TAKEN A NUMBER?

JESUS IS COMING. WHEN YOUR NUMBER IS CALLED, WILL YOU BE READY?

“FOR AS IN THOSE DAYS BEFORE THE FLOOD THEY WERE EATING AND DRINKING, MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE, UNTIL THE DAY THAT NOAH ENTERED THE ARK, AND THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND UNTIL THE FLOOD CAME AND TOOK THEM AWAY; SO WILL THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE.” MATTHEW 24:38-39 NIV