What comes next?
We have all heard -- and asked -- that cryptic question.
Often the question is asked with trepidation, and we arrive at the conclusion that if we really knew what was coming next, we would likely be reluctant to get out from under the covers each morning.
For the born-again Christian, "next" is an exciting word. Whereas the world -- comprised of the unsaved -- can only dread what comes next in life and most certainly in death, we who are no longer dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1-5) rejoice when we contemplate what's next.
Although the Scripture commands us to boast not of tomorrow because we do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1), we do know that whatever comes next in our lives, the Lord is faithful and His mercies are new every morning.
It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
And we know that at the event of our death, in the next moment we will be with the Lord Himself, and He will regard it as precious.
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)
But if we should escape death and be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17), the next thing we know, we will have an entirely different understanding of our faith and its author and finisher.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
The Bible records many instances of what happened the "next day." None sing with the promise of real hope and real change like this one:
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
Has He taken away your sin?
If not, please let asking the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive you -- and save your soul -- be the very next thing you do.
All Scripture quoted and referenced in this article is from the King James Bible.
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