Neal Pollard on the London terrorist attacks

The Uncertainty Of Life

Neal Pollard

I refuse to sensationalize, but you will forgive me if I sound a bit rattled. Five days ago, every one of our fourteen campaigners took the London Tube from our hotel to Heathrow Airport. We were all on the tube at an earlier hour of the day than apparent terrorists struck today. Our station, Hatton Cross, was well west of the areas targeted today. Then, of course, we were in and out nearly a week before today’s attack. Yet, in addition to the tragedy of the lives lost and the bodies injured in London, I could not help but have a sinking feeling thinking about our group using the same mode of transportation in the same city near the same time as this incident.

In my mind, it highlights what the Bible often says about the uncertainty of life. Think about those actually stricken by this tragedy today. There are not many New Testament Christians in London, so the likelihood that any of those killed were ready to die is slim. As they pillowed their heads last night, Proverbs 27:1 truly applied–“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” What about James 4:14? “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away.” Bildad rightly said, “Our days on earth are as a shadow” (Job 8:9). David wrote, “Each man’s life is but a breath” (Psalm 39:5). On and on scripture records this fact in various ways. We only have a short time on earth, and no one knows when time is up for him. Life is uncertain, but death and judgment are incredibly certain (Hebrews 9:27). When God makes an appointment, man cannot hope to break it.

You likely will not get on the Tube or the Metro today, though you will get in a car or truck. You may not be in a situation of high risk today, but you never know when and where that is. The faithful Christian has no need to worry about what will happen today, tomorrow, or the next moment. The security and assurance of walking in the light assures on of cleansing and salvation (1 John 1:7,9; 5:13). It is wonderful to be able to live with absolute confidence in Christ! That, my friend, is a certainty of life.
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