This morning, the Spirit of God impressed me to write. As I sat down in obedience, I began singing this chorus, “Well, everybody’s worried about that atom bomb. Well, but no one seems worried about the day my Lord shall come. You’d better set your house in order (cause He) He may be coming soon. And He’ll hit like an atom bomb when He comes, when He comes.” Amen. (This song was originally released by the great gospel group—the Sounds of Glory.)
The best scriptural reference for this song is Second Peter 3:10. Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”
Father Hurley taught us not to fear some specific future date. I can hear my pastor and grandmother, Princess Georgia Latimer, in one of her last messages to us, “You can do whatever you’re big enough to do. But just know that you will have to pay for it one day. That one day isn’t the day you die. That one day is everyday.” Whatever we put out will come back home. There is no getting around it. There is no stopping it. The consequences of our actions may come fast or they may take years to manifest. But regardless to the expiration of time, the great day of reckoning will come.
We need to take care to send out righteous thoughts, speak righteous words, and perform righteous deeds. Evil will slip through. We have all said something we later regretted. We have all done things that we wish we could undo. But life has no rewind button. So the formula for success is to do as much good as humanly possible, every second of the day. This way, when we do make mistakes (and we will), the good we have done will far outweigh the evil we have done. But don’t abuse this formula.
Don’t think you can purposely commit evil acts then purposely do many good acts, in hopes of cancelling out the consequences of the evil acts. No, as Peter wrote, everything will be laid bare or exposed.
God is an Intelligent Spirit. God reads the heart. God knows when we have made an honest mistake and when we have set out to do harm. Though both are evil deeds, they don’t have the same consequences. When we make an honest mistake, God will often show us mercy. When we continue to do evil, God may remove his mercy from us, expose us, and allow us to experience his full wrath.
Set your house in order. Delve into God’s uncompromising word everyday. Get to know God, who dwells within you right now. Get acquainted with the power from on high. Learn how to commune with the Spirit of God. Set your house in order and everything will be alright.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight
Written October 6, 2015 at age 33