“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:18-20a NIV)
As Amos the prophet saw the day of judgement fast approaching for Israel, he warned the people to prepare to meet God (Amos 4:12). The word preparedness should be a key word for everyone.
It is strange that we prepare for everything except meeting God. We prepare for marriage and for a career. We prepare for athletic contests. Athletes working to make the Olympic team practice their sport hours a day for years, before considering themselves prepared. But we do not prepare to meet God. Even though most of us see the storm clouds gathering on the horizon, by and large we are making few preparations to meet God. This is a time for repentance and faith. It is a time for soul-searching, a time to see if our anchor holds.
-- Billy Graham in “Who’s in Charge of a World That Suffers?”