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Juz’ 25 – Decision Time

Today’s Juz’ covers Fussilat [41]:47 to Al-Jathiya [45]:37. The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) an indictment against religious factions; (2) an indictment against idolatry; (3) Jesus’ attempt to unify the Israelites; (4) events on the day of judgment; (5) submitting to God on the day of judgment; and (6) Israel’s favored position among the nations.

 

 

Ramadan Mubarak.

 

The selected ayat for the day contain an invitation for people to make a decision for God before it is eternally too late.

“So [people] respond to your Lord before there comes a Day that cannot, against God’s will, be averted—you will have no refuge on that Day, and no possibility of denying [your sins]. If they still turn away [remember that] We have not sent you [Prophet] to be their guardian: your only duty is to deliver the message. When we give man a taste of Our mercy, he rejoices in it, but if some harm befalls him on account of what he has done with his own hands, then he is ungrateful. (Al-Shura [42]:47-48)

 

 

Some who believe that they will have to face God’s judgment one day, continue to delay making a decision for Him. Perhaps they believe that God is so merciful that he will overlook their procrastination. Or maybe they are waiting until they get old before taking God’s warning message seriously. However, the time to make a decision to follow God is the moment of conviction. Tomorrow is promised to nobody, and every decision made today has everlasting implications.

 

As long as there is an opportunity to get right with God, it behooves the sinner to do so before it is too late. On the Day of Judgment, unrepentant sinners “will have no refuge” from the impending punishment. As he reflects on the urgency of the present time, the Prophet Isaiah makes a solemn appeal to unrepentant sinners.

 

 

Listen:

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:6-9)

Prayer:

In the name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I confess that I have taken advantage of Your Grace and earnestly plead for Your Forgiveness. On that Day when You summon earth’s citizens before your Judgment Seat, may I be found among the righteous who have been saved by Your Mercy. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen

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