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Prepare to Meet Your Maker!

Dave and I were playing an RPG video game this fine evening, and one of the expressions used by someone in our party of heroes said, "Prepare to meet your maker!" before unleashing an assault on the enemy. Another expression heard frequently in the game, used in the same circumstance is "Say your prayers!" Funny expressions to find in secular games, showing how potentially very meaningful phrases are overused, and our ears become immune to the value or beauty in such idioms.

At any rate, I was impressed by the first of these expressions, "Prepare to meet your maker". This is exactly what I desire to do, and even now, He is making Himself known to me. Not only do all of us face inevitable death, and thus we will "see our Maker"... at least long enough for Him to pronounce judgment on us all... then afterward, a continued contact for eternity, or separation and darkness (and few are those who "make the grade" - not one in of ourselves!). At any rate, we also have the opportunity to meet our Maker while still on earth. We need not wait until death do us part our bodies. Let us strive for the latter, rather than the former. For perhaps in "meeting" Him now, we will reduce the fear normally associated with being told to "Prepare to meet your maker!" For me, such a phrase brings a smile to my face and warmth to the heart.

So, as the Holy Spirit says:
"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert,
where your fathers tested and tried me
and for forty years saw what I did.
That is why I was angry with that generation,
and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.'
So I declared on oath in my anger,
'They shall never enter my rest.' "

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said:

"Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion."

Hebrews 3:7-15

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