Monday, September 24, 2018

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with the invention of the telephone, but you probably didn’t realize it all came down to his attorney’s punctuality. Had he arrived at the U.S. Patent Office just two hours later, we would be talking about Elisha Gray being the man behind the squawk box, and Bell would have been just another of a long line of men who missed their chance at fame and fortune.  What if Bell’s lawyer wasn’t a punctual individual?  What if Elisha Gray was always early for his appointments?  If so, history would have to be rewritten!

Have you ever been late for an appointment?  Did you apologize for your tardiness?  Did you lose your contract with that appointee?  Perhaps I have the wrong impression, but it seems that some are always late in arriving for the Sunday assembly!  One could blame the clock once, but every week?  Usually if punctuality is not important to an individual as far as his faith is concerned, he usually has that same habit about other appointments.

Peter and John went to the Temple for prayer at the ninth hour (Acts 3:1).  What if the lame man’s family was five minutes late in carrying him to his usual spot to beg?  There would have been no miraculous healing.  Peter and John would have gone for prayer, but the reason for Peter’s sermon would not have been present.  This lack of preaching would have left the priests, captain of the Temple, and the Sadducees void of any offense.  No arrest would have taken place.  Five thousand would not have become believers (Acts 4:4).  Peter and John would not have been arrested.  Neither would they have had the opportunity to teach the ruling religious party.  There would have been no need to report to the church nor for that group to assemble and pray.  The book of Acts would be shorter due to the void left by the material from 3:2 to 4:31.

From time to time, being late may be unavoidable, but is that true for one who makes it a habit?  There are some events, regardless of habit, where one will not be late, but on time (Hebrews 9:27)!  Are you ready for that appointment?