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The solemn fact that a complete record's being kept of all of life's activities should cause us to stop and consider well; to cause us not only to watch our outward acts, but to weigh carefully the motives which underlie such thought and deed. In order that our minds and hearts be fully convinced that such an account is being kept, I'll give a few quotations from the Word of God: "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes, but know thou [remember], that for all theses things God will bring thee into judgment" (Eccl. 11:9). "Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name: (Mal. 3:16). "As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God" (Rom. 14:11,12). "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13, 14). We should ever keep in mind the solemn thought that the Bible's the voice of God speaking to mankind, from our vast eternity, and in the words of international law, it's God's ultimatum to the family of earth---from its promises, prohibitions, and decisions there's no appeal.
Moving-Picture Camera...
In the days of old, rich men had observation-stations situated near the center of their great plantation, from which elevation they could watch the laborers performing their different tasks. It's supposed that it was while watching his employees from one of these observation posts that the father in the parable was enabled to see the prodigal son "when he was yet a great way off." The Lord's not only watching the whole human family, but he's observing us as individuals. The eyes of the Lord run to and fro upon the earth, beholding the evil and the good, as if with a moving-picture camera/CAM-corder (grin) focused upon us; every movement of every hour of the day is recorded---and the Lord won't forget.
The Record's Indestructible...
That record of our actions which is being kept beyond the sky is written upon eternal parchments, and thus can't be destroyed, as though recorded upon paper, stone, or steel. When a purchase is made at the market, the cashier presses certain keys of the cash register, and the cash account of the sale is recorder upon the inside roll, and also indicated above where the purchaser can see if a mistake's been made. The same principle's set forth in God's dealings with men. As soon as Cain killed his brother Abel, God came down and made the startling announcement that "the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground" (Gen. 4:10). It should make us think soberly and seriously when we remember that Nature's keeping an exact account of our activities, and that some day she'll reveal her secret, althought it may be long delayed.
Repetition may give emphasis, but it doesn't add to facts or truths. To repeat a dozen times that the square root of the sum of the squares of the base and perpendicular equals the hypotenuse, wouln't add to its fact, and similarly, when the Bible affirms a truth, one statement is suffiecient. Therefore, from the premise laid down we deduct, that if the blood of one man cries from the ground for justice, then the blood of all whose lives have been cut short by the assassin's hand...have registered a protest, and their voices are calling, ever calling, for justice and redress.
All the blood that has been shed down through the ages because of man's inhumanity to his fellow men is today crying from the ground. Mature's laws are unalterable, and she might truthfully declare, like Pilate of old, to those guilty ones swho are apologizing and offering her bribes, "What I have written I have written" (John 19:22) What an awful record humanity must meet on that great judgment day! If all the blood that has been shed from the dawn of creation unto this present time coud be gathered and congealed, its crimson blocks would make a monument s vast that it would add another wonder to the world. If a memorial slab could be placed over the grave of each person who has been murdered, postnatan or prenatal, it would make a cemetery so lare that the inhabitants of the world would be startled and amazed.
If there's one crime more cowardly than another, it consists in the wilful, premeditated murder of an unborn child. Those little ones in theirundeveloped, embryoic state have rights of moral citizenship which God and nature acknowledge, and which must be respected by the state and by the individual. Far mor honorable would it be for one murderously inclined to go out for adults to kill, rather than to attack from ambush unsuspecting human beings who have no chance to defend themselves against a murderous assault. In that day when nature's secrets shall be "shouted aloud upon the housetops," what an awful sight it would be to behold there millions of little ones pointing their boneless, bloodless fingers in identification of those who gave consent to the abrupt ending of thier earthly lives!
A Completed Record...
Every act of injustice done by man to his fellow man, unless repented of and made right, cries to the God of justice for redress. "Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth" (Jas. 5:4). A complete record of all we do is being kept upon the walls of memory. We seemingly forget many of the details of life's activities; yet from time to time they suddenly return to us as vividly as though they had taken place but yesterday, thus proving that whatever clearly enters our minds, and to whatever matter we give consent, these are photographed upon memory's eternal walls.
Some time ago a lady in a delirious state of mind repeated even after even, as accurately as thoug she were at that moment passing though theri various details. After her recovery she was astonished, and mortified, that those secret things of her past life had been discovered, and she was still mor surprised when she learned that those very secrets (which she admitted as true) were related by her own lips, which in that delirious state caused by typhoid fever. Let's be sure...our sin will find us out. The story of the drowning man before whose eyes there passed in even succession all the events of his past life, has been used by witers for years, and confirms the fact that memory, as an expert accountant, is assisting in the record-keeping department of life.
Too Many Records...
Reputation is that common estimation of the qualitites we're supposed to possess, and most of us would be glad to have htat record kept in sight. Character isn't altogether what people think us to be, but what we really are at heart---what God knows to be ture in oyr lives. Reputation is formed by our acting, but character is formed by choosing. There's only one side to a Christian's life---although looked upon from God above, seen by his fellow man, and known by himself. Some who would be glad to have their companions and employers behold their record as know by reputation, would shrink if those about them could see the book of character. God knows how many hours of the employer's time have been squandered; how many dollars of other people's money have been pocketed; how many marriage vows have been broken; have many false affidavits made---God knows, and he'll not forget. Oh! what will the judgment day reveal? What an awful day of reckoning it'll be! There's only one way of escape for the guilty soul, and that's in Jesus Christ. The Bible speaks of some men's sins being open beforehand, that is, gong before to judgment, and it also speaks of some whose sins, like a dark cloud, are following behind. If our record's no clean, we'd better make hast and get right with God. Tomorrow's sun may never rise for us. Today, if we hear his voice, if we feel his wooing Spirit, let's be reconciled to God. In words of assurance, there comes to every troubled soul---"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us," and when we ask and believe he declares, "I will remember them against you no more forever."




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