We were talking about Hell last week in Sunday School as we studied Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. The horror of an existence without God is truly frightening, Our minds can’t even imagine the excruciating pain that will be.
People who reject God in this life, who fashion a god of their liking, or who convince themselves there is no God have no idea what their choice is going to cost them. Some think they’ll be able to handle whatever God throws their way. Scripture tells us they won’t have a choice about that. They will have to handle it forever. But it will be far worse than anything they’ve experienced in this life. Far worse.
Right now all people, all of creation, exist in the Presence of God. Verse 6 of Psalm 36 says God cares for people and animals alike. Verse 7 says all humanity finds shelter in the shadow of His wings, that God feeds us all, gives us all drink, life, and light.
Did you wake up this morning, shower, eat breakfast, and enjoy a cup of coffee? That was God. Did you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, hear the birds sing, smell newly cut grass? That was God. Did you hug your child, kiss your wife, say hello to your neighbor? You were able to do all of those things because God is in the world.
Have you ever cut yourself, broken a bone, had a headache, or survived a serious medical condition? You healed because you live in a world where God exists. Have you gone through loss, experienced difficult circumstances, felt discouraged and alone before things worked out for you? If you can look back and say you’d never want to go through those tough times ever again, hear me…
You got through those things because God is present in this life, whether you acknowledge Him or not. You are living on the coattails of His Presence.
Take it all away. All of it. No light, no taste or smell, no touch or laughter. No birds or breeze or healing, no love, and no hope of ever experiencing any of it ever again. Total isolation, total darkness, and total agony, all because you decided you didn’t need God while you had Him.
C. S. Lewis said that there are two kinds of people. Those who, in this life say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom, when this life is over and they face the judgement, God will say, “Thy will be done.”
If you haven’t repented of your sin and accepted what Jesus died to give you: forgiveness and eternal life, please do it. Please don’t face eternity without God. Nothing is more important than your submission to God while you have the chance, while you are still living in His Presence on earth.