People make sure they have car insurance before they drive their car on the roads. They buy health insurance to cover the event of serious illness or injury. They buy life insurance to protect the family against the loss of a loved one, particularly a bread winner. They set up a savings or pension plan of some kind to plan for retirement. People plan for vacations. All kinds of people carry day planners around with them to plan their daily schedules. It’s wise to plan!
But in the face of all the planning we typically do, so many of us carelessly fail to ask God into our plans (Jas. 4:13-17). It’s not surprising, then, that so many also fail to plan for the most important day of our existence, the day we’ll all stand before our Lord at judgment (2 Cor. 5:10). The young boy in the story related above sounded as though he had things planned out pretty well. He may well have given considerable thought to his life that lay before him. But it would appear that he had failed to plan for eternity, that which awaits all of us after this life is over. And that’s probably the way it is, to one degree or another, for most people.
Seventy, eighty, ninety or a hundred years sounds like a long time. But, it’s less than the blink of an eye compared to eternity. To give careful consideration to planning for the time we will spend in this life is wise. To give little thought to what lies just beyond this life is utter foolishness! Someone has said there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. No, the two most sure things are death and the judgment (Heb. 9:27). How have you planned for that ultimate day of reckoning? When you reach the point of first drawing in and then releasing that last breath of life in this physical world, then what???