Ecclesiastes 9:12 (NLT)
9:12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.

In this verse King Solomon tells us that we never know when tragedy will come in life. We never know what hardships we may be facing or that even death is near. These are not things for us to know as God has kept them from us. When they happen they are sudden and without warning.

At Virginia Tech many people from many backgrounds fell quickly to the random shootings of a student who was troubled. Some people died while their heroic actions saved others. Others were caught totally off guard and never knew what happened. Thirty three people died in what has been called this nations deadliest shooting spree. While there were possible indications of the impending tragedy, those who died never knew that is how their day would end. For as King Solomon reminded us people cannot predict the hard times that are to come. So we must all be prepared to face an end to our life. Jesus told us “You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” Be ready to give the hope of Jesus Christ to others. Be ready to face eternal life knowing Christ is your savior. Be ready to face difficulties knowing God is watching over you. Are you ready? Pray and ask God to fill your life with His hope. Thank Him for the Salvation offered in His Son Jesus Christ. Pray for those who need God’s hope and understanding so they may too be ready.