Making appointments are such a routine part of our lives these days that we automatically make ‘em. Yet we can break ‘em if we feel we have to and there’s good reason for it. It may depend on the appointment and the circumstances.
That’s because there are all kinds of appointments, some we don’t mind and some we dread. Making a haircut appointment is okay. After all, we want to look beautiful. But when we have to schedule a doctor’s exam we’re inclined to put it off for as long as we can. We’d gladly meet with our travel agent but shudder if we’d be required to meet with an Internal Revenue Service agent. We eagerly anticipate a date with our sweetheart but fearfully cringe at a date to appear before a judge.
If you Google “appointment,” you’ll find it is synonymous with a lot of words: meeting, engagement, interview, arrangement, consultation, session, date, rendezvous, assignation, commitment, fixture. As you can deduce from this list, our lives literally revolve around appointments every day.
Sometimes these appointments are kept, others are cancelled, and still others have to be changed. Missed appointments are often a menace if one has to reset them at a later date. We’re so constantly going through the motions of maintaining appointments that we usually have to keep some kind of daily schedule or else there would be continual confusion and chaos. So, when it comes to making appointments we could say as the French say, c‘est la vie, “that’s life.”
By the way, there’s another appointment that will certainly affect everyone’s lives. Yet most persons are probably not aware of it unless they’ve read the Word of God.
“…because he has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead,” Acts 17:31, NKJV (New King James Version).
I envision God having an appointment book shaped like a scroll that sits on a golden stand beside his heavenly throne. He has a date circled in it with the words, “Judgement Day.” This is the date when God will resurrect those who have not been raised in the first resurrection to be judged according to their works. (See 2 Peter 2:7-9; Jude 14-15; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
This is the appointment that will never be changed or cancelled. No one will ever have a good enough excuse to miss it for “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” (2 Cor. 5:10) in due time. It is as certain as the day Jesus was raised from the dead. In fact, Jesus’ resurrection from death assures us that he will one day return and be the Judge of the world.
While the wicked will dread this appointment, the faithful in Christ look forward to it. It’s not that we are anxious to see sinners destroyed in the lake of fire. In fact, God himself would rather that all persons repent and be spared from the appointment (2 Peter 3:8-10). But he gives us a free choice whether to be ready for the appointment or not.
Due to God’s holy nature, all sin must be judged before his eternally righteous kingdom will be completely established. Believers know that when Judgment Day is over (1 Cor. 15:23-28; Rev. 20:14-15), then the new heavens and new earth will be established and God’s plan will be complete. What we earnestly look for is the outcome of this plan.
“And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying or pain; the first things have passed away,” Rev. 21:4, NASB (New American Standard Bible).
This is the part of the appointment we eagerly anticipate. It gives us encouragement whenever we face another kind of appointment we all dread in Hebrews 9:27 NASB, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment….” We do have an appointment with the Grim Reaper one of these days. But it will be “after this” when the dead are resurrected then judgment will come (1 Cor. 15).
The appointed day of Christ’s return will be the Grand Opening of his reign on earth as King. For he “…shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await him,” Heb. 9:28, (NASB). After his reign upon the earth, he will fulfill another role as the Judge on the Great White Throne which John saw in his vision: Rev. 20:11ff. Jesus is the divinely appointed person who qualifies for this position: John 5:22-30; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Romans 2:16; Rev. 5:1-9)
Whenever you set an appointment, don’t forget the final appointment God has set in place for all time. It is a good time while there IS time in this life to make a daily appointment with God through prayer, meditation, and devotion to the reading and studying of His Word. Set a time to keep in touch with him and seek his wisdom and power for the day. And make sure to remind yourself to be ready for THE appointment in God’s book.
Good News to You!