The day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it? “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind him?” (Joel 2:11–14, ESV 2016).
My Musings – Even now. Return to Him. Who knows, He might relent. Otherwise, who can endure what comes next? “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.” (Mark 13:20, NIV 1984).
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Fellowship of the Ring”).
My Advice – What are you doing with the time that is given you? “In the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Two Towers.”). But not for all, only those who place their faith in Jesus Christ. Decide to make good use of the time He has given you. Because He may not relent. The sun will either shine, or the shadow will not pass. It’s up to you.