Divine Appointment


Over 150,000 people
Had a divine appointment today
Nameless and faceless to most
But each is known by God
The One to Whom we must give an account

The date of that divine appointment
Was set long before we took our first breath
The One who formed us in our mother’s womb
Measured our days and scheduled the appointment
The day and the hour when we will take our last breath

In the Bible
God counsels us
To number our days
He warns us that it is appointed for man to die once
Then comes judgment

There are no second chances
There are no mulligans to be claimed
Though all will stand before God one day
Not all paths will end in heaven
For some another place has been reserved

For those who have rejected God
All of their days
Those who have worshipped a god
Of their own making
They will spend eternity separated from God’s presence

And such were some of us
Until the Son of Man
Set us free
From the bondage of sin and death
He put us on the narrow path

We found there is but One Way to salvation
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
If you confess with your mouth
And believe with your heart
You will be saved!

Susan Bunts Wachtel
June 26, 2009

When the news came yesterday of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett’s deaths…it was kind of shocking. Both were famous people whose careers were at their heights in my younger days…and today they are dead.

It was interesting hearing and reading people’s comments. Some were shocked by Jackson’s sudden death at a young age. Some were upset that most of the press coverage was devoted to Michael Jackson with nary a word about Farrah Fawcett or Ed McMahon’s deaths.

When I read the words, “Two people died today, not just one” I wanted to shout, “No…thousands and thousands of people died today!”

Most of them…you will never know. But their family and friends will shed tears and grieve their loss. Not because they were famous, rich, beautiful or talented…but because they were loved. How many of them died without accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? How many people had a divine appointment that they didn’t anticipate or plan for? How many will be separated from God for eternity in hell?”

As horrible as cancer is…at least Farrah Fawcett had time to prepare herself, to make peace with God if she so desired. On the other hand…Michael Jackson’s death was sudden and unexpected. I’ll bet he didn’t wake up thinking, “I may be dead before the day is over.” It was probably a day like any other.

But God had a divine appointment in store…as He does for each one of us.

Are you ready for your divine appointment?


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When Fear Grips My Heart


I turn on the news
Only to hear the reporter inform
The economy continues to spiral downward…out of control

Fear grips my heart

I pick up the phone
Listen to more bad news
Another friend lost their job today

With a lump in my throat I whisper, “I’ll pray”

I open the prayer email
I scan the requests only to find
Another family is facing foreclosure

I fall on my knees and cry out, “Oh Lord…”

All around me the rumors fly
Then we get word
A mandatory meeting…“Be there at 3:00 pm sharp!”

My heart is beating a little faster and my hands start to sweat

Then the Holy Spirit reminds me
Take every thought captive
Meditate upon the goodness and faithfulness of God

Never have the righteous been forsaken

With each bad report
May I be moved with compassion
Fall on my face before my sovereign Lord and King

Not even a sparrow falls without it escaping the Father’s notice

May I count it a privilege
To come before God’s throne in prayer
As I lift up my family, friends and strangers from afar

Cast all your anxiety upon the Lord, for He cares for you

May I delight
Not in possessions
But in the Lord Jesus Christ

May I praise You in the morning and evening…all throughout the day

May I find security
In God alone
When the phone call comes and my hand trembles

May I find peace in the presence of my Master

Susan Bunts Wachtel
June 24, 2009

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Dare I?


Dare I let tomorrow
Steal today’s joy

Dare I doubt
Rather than trust and believe God

Dare I hold on to the past
At the expense of today

Dare I hold on to a grudge
While I plead for forgiveness

Dare I esteem the inconsequential
Rather than value that which is eternal

Dare I force my plans
Rather than yield to God’s plan

Dare I?
I dare not!

Susan Bunts Wachtel
June 22, 2009

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In Christ



In my despair

You are my hope

In my darkness

You are the light unto my path

When I’m mourning

You comfort me

In my sorrow

You give me joy

When I’m lonely

You are with me

When I’m betrayed and all turn against me

You are my defender

When all is lost

I find riches in Christ Jesus

When I sin

You forgive me

When I’m weak

You strengthen me

When I’m tempted

You provide a way out

When I lack understanding

You give me wisdom

In a world build on shifting sands

You are my Solid Rock

When lies abound

You are truth

When the world tells me I should fit in

You consecrate me

When my soul is disquieted

You give me Peace

When I’m prideful

You humble me

When I’m hated

You love me

When words fail me

You intercede for me

When enemies surround me

You are my friend

When stuck in miry clay

You freed me

When I deserve judgment

You give me mercy

When defiled by the filth of my own sin

You cleansed me

In the unworthiness of my sin

You redeemed me

When I deserved condemnation

Christ was crucified

In death

You are Life

by Susan Bunts Wachtel

June 19, 2009

Easy Faith

An easy faith

That requires nothing of me

I come to God as I see fit

On my own terms

Church attendance is not required

No time in my busy schedule

Prayers are uttered

But only in times of crisis

No need to study God’s word

No desire to know truth revealed in Scripture

My faith is more about how I feel

An experience that makes me feel good

No need to share the gospel

Don’t all paths lead to God

My thoughts are not taken captive

There’s not much difference between me and the world

My son whom I love so much

Surely he is good enough

No need to train him up

In the way he shall go

No time to take him to church

When our days are filled with baseball, basketball, football and tennis

God’s warning may go unheeded

By ears who do not hear

Rather than being welcomed home

“Come, enter into the joy of your Master”

There will be a loud and resounding proclamation

“Away from Me, I never knew you”

Susan Bunts Wachtel

June 17, 2009

Glorious Return

Each day I long for
Look for
Eagerly anticipate
Your glorious return

The time seems short
You will be coming soon
For Your bride, the church
Any day now

When I see a flash of lightening
Hear the thunder roar
I wonder
Is my Savior coming

Even as I long for that day
Desire it with an unquenchable thirst
I’m reminded
Of those for whom I pray

Each day I lift up their names
Before Your throne
Pray for their salvation
For deliverance from darkness

I pray that family and friends will be set free
Those who believe in counterfeit Jesus
Those who worship a god of their own making
Those who deny the very existence of God

For their sakes
I wait patiently
Pray that they will call upon the name of Jesus
And be saved

Yet…I desire
To gaze up Jesus
Worship Him
The One who is good, lovely and pure

I long to spend eternity in Your presence
Even here may my lips overflow with praises
Even now may my heart sing with thanksgiving
Of Jesus who gave Himself up for me

Susan Bunts Wachtel
June 16, 2009

Easy Faith

An easy faith

That requires nothing of me

I come to God as I see fit

On my own terms

Church attendance is not required

No time in my busy schedule

Prayers are uttered

But only in times of crisis

No need to study God’s word

No desire to know truth revealed in Scripture

My faith is more about how I feel

An experience that makes me feel good

No need to share the gospel

Don’t all paths lead to God

My thoughts are not taken captive

There’s not much difference between me and the world

My son whom I love so much

Surely he is good enough

No need to train him up

In the way he shall go

No time to take him to church

When our days are filled with baseball, basketball, football and tennis

God’s warning may go unheeded

By ears who do not hear

Rather than being welcomed home

“Come, enter into the joy of your Master”

There will be a loud and resounding proclamation

“Away from Me, I never knew you”

Susan Bunts Wachtel

June 17, 2009

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