Day 18: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 18

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, But the end thereof are the ways of death. ~ Proverbs 14:12


If you died today, how certain are you that you would go to heaven? You may have been asked that question before. If you’re a believer you may have posed the question to others. Or maybe it’s something you don’t think about much. Perhaps from time to time you lie awake at night and ponder the concept of God and heaven and hell and all that those thoughts imply, but beyond that the idea holds little value for you. Maybe you’ve prayed to God without even knowing what you believe about him. Perhaps you’re reading this devotion only because you’ve made a commitment in your boarding pass to read all the devotions during the 30 days.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, I encourage you to spend some time contemplating this important question. Because when all is said and done, it’s the only question that really matters. We’re all going to die; that’s a certainty of life. And when that happens, life is over and our body turns to dust, but our soul goes on to another plane. There are no other options available. If the Bible is right and God is real, then heaven and hell are realities as well. If it’s all fake, then there is nothing waiting for us after death. It’s just that simple. One or the other is true.

I’ve chosen to put my faith in God and the truth of his holy Word. I’ve bet my future on the certainty of Scripture and have given myself entirely to God’s will. It’s not a blind faith, nor is it based on fear and worry. I didn’t come to Jesus because I was scared of hell; I came to him because I wanted so desperately to go to heaven. When I first began reading the Bible, I was told it was God’s Word—and I wanted to believe that. Today I know it is his Word. It’s a truth that is as real to me as the air I breathe and the skin that covers my bones. Any hint of doubt about its authenticity has long since been laid to rest. I’m as certain that God is real as I am that I’m sitting in this chair this moment. Because through my faith and prayers, God has shown himself to me.

If I died this moment, I’m certain that I would go to heaven. I’m not simply “hoping” that I will; I know it. It’s the single most comforting truth of my being. I live for the day that I will live forever with God.

You may not have that certainty, but you can. Jesus assured us that if we seek him, we would find him. Why not give it a try?

Daily Readings:

  • Matthew 18:3
  • Matthew 24:30
  • Acts 2:10-11
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
John McSharry

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