07 Aug Too Late
According to today’s Associated Press report, “Dozens of bills opposed by Gov. Paul LePage have become law because he misinterpreted the Maine Constitution and didn’t veto the measures in time, the state’s highest court said Thursday.” And so we add another chapter to human history the results of what was either misunderstanding or procrastination.
Genesis 7:16 tells us after the animals and Noah’s family were loaded “the Lord shut them up.” The Lord in His kindness to Noah did not give him access to opening the door so Noah didn’t have to say “No” to the latecomers. The Lord had been very patient, 120 years patient, with the masses. Finally, the day came when it was too late. Just as the law said to Gov. LePage, “It’s too late” God said to the masses, “It’s too late.”
About halfway through a semester I can predict with about 75% accuracy which student will not have their term paper done on time. There are certain personality types that are late for most things including not being on time for class each evening. Last weekend while I was preaching three people arrived for church when I was two minutes from my conclusion. I wanted to stop and do Porky Pig’s famous, “That’s all folks.” I restrained myself.
God is still patient and loving. But don’t misunderstand that to mean it is never too late. Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”