Ecclesiastes 11:3b – “…and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies.” NASU
I do not like to take portions of verses to build a truth upon but make an exception here as I largely want the imagery and idea rather than the overall context. If you remember what Pilate said regarding the inscription over Jesus on the Cross – “What I have written I have written.” He spoke of the finality of his words and in reality, we cannot ‘unlive life’ any more than we can ‘recall words’ that we have spoken. The life that we are ‘now living’ is unchangeable in the sense that we cannot ‘undo it’ so that it never happened. We can, however, have our ‘past’ wiped clean by the Blood of Jesus and the Grace of God and be ‘transformed’ from darkness into light.
A tree, as Solomon said, cannot alter where it falls and once a deed is done, a word spoken, or a life lived it cannot be changed. It is only while we are ‘living’ that we can alter the eternal destiny and destination of our souls. We are told in Scripture that each of us has a date with death and after that, we will be judged by the Almighty God for our lives here on planet earth. It is not just important but imperative that we take care of the ‘eternal business’ of our souls today for we do not have any promise of a tomorrow. All of us are aware of someone who was here one minute and then gone in an instant without warning. Life is like a ‘vapor’ that appears for a time then is gone so no wonder the Bible declares that ‘Today is the Day of Salvation.’
I know a number of people who are living their lives as if they would someday and somehow be able to ‘unlive’ those lives. They live as though they were invincible. They take little care in how they speak to or treat others and focus their energies on whatever moves them at the moment. It is ‘all about me’ or ‘them’ and some have even told me that ‘before I die, I will get it all straight.’ My normal response is, “I hope so.” That being said, my heart says, “I doubt it.” I told my sons, ‘The type of girls you date will be the type of girl you marry and the kind of boy you are is the kind of husband you will be.’ I tried to teach them that it is a two-way street and that you are more likely to become like those you associate with than changing them into something else so carefully choose your friends and dating partners. We all make mistakes and most of us learn quickly that once the gate is open and the cows are out it is far more difficult to put them back in than to have kept them in, to begin with. So, while we are ‘living life’ we should live it with a view of eternity and in so doing we will live in such a manner as to have ‘no regrets’ and not have things we would like to ‘un-live.’
Today is the day of Salvation, now is the accepted time! I urge you to evaluate your life and take any areas of deficiency to the Lord and allow Him to ‘transform’ you. May God be with you as you go through your day!