[b]When Satan has sucked out all the marrow[/b](Thomas Brooks, "Apples of Gold" 1660)God usually begins with such early in life--whom He has had thoughts of love and mercy towards, from everlasting.If, in the spring and morning of your days, you do not bringforth fruit to God--it is a hundred to one that you never shallbring forth fruit to God when the days of old age shall overtake you. It is rare, very rare--that God sows and reaps in old age. Usually God sows the seed of grace in youth--which yields the harvest of joy in old age.Though true repentance is never too late--yet laterepentance is seldom true. Millions are now in hell, whohave flattered themselves with the thought of repentingin old age! Yes, what can be more just and equal, that suchshould seek and not find--who might have found when young,but would not seek; and that God should shut His ears against their late prayers--who have stopped their ears against His early calls?The ancient warriors would not accept an old man into theirarmy, as being unfit for service; and do you think that Godwill accept of your dry bones--when Satan has sucked out all the marrow? What king will take into his service--those who have served his enemies all their days? And will God? will God? The Circassians, a kind of mongrel Christians, are said to divide their life between sin and devotion--dedicating their youth to rapine, and their old age to repentance. If this is your case, I would not be in your case for ten thousand worlds!"But since you rejected Me when I called, and no one gave heed when I stretched out My hand, since you ignored all My advice and would not accept My rebuke--I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you--when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to Me but I will not answer; they will look for Me but will not find Me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept My advice and spurned My rebuke--they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes." Proverbs 1:24-31
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Thank God He saved me when I was 19. I dread to think where I might be right now.As for leaving it to serve God in old age, what foolishness!As if we can determine that we will reach old age.There are parents who bury their children, thinking it would have been the other way around.Death comes at the appointed time.As for the scripture in Proverbs, awesome!What a rebuke to those who trifle with God, as if with some toy.I don't think this scripture would be preached on much today, if at all.How is it we don't know our place before God?We are nothing, if not less than nothing.It says God will mock us and laugh at our calamity. You wonder why pastors always preach about being blessed? This kind of preaching just won't pay the salary.Mongrel Christians? Are they in abundance today or what? And hell awaits them.God help us, or we are lost.God bless.