A Time To Die
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in (during) the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin." Numbers 27:12-14
Psalms 90:10 states, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70) ; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (80) years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." I used to think 70 was quite old until my dad turned 70 this year and my mom, Lord willing, will turn 70 early next year. The older I get, the younger 70 looks, and I pray to live a full life and live out the years God gives me in obedience to Him. No one knows the exact day and time they will meet God, and I am grateful for everyday God gives me. I am not sure if God will bless me with 70 or 80 years, but I want to be ready when He decides to call me home.
Every time I attend a funeral or hear the news of someone dying, it always causes me to pause and reflect on my own life and evaluate the things I am doing with my life. Is my life honoring to God? Am I doing what God would have me to do? Is He pleased with my life? My biggest concern would be to die doing something that is not pleasing to Him, but I should live every day in that same mentality as He is ever with me and sees all that I do. Death can be scary as we face those final days because God gave us internal instincts of survival. Psalm 23:4 describes it, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." There is fear that comes with death, but our Shepherd brings comfort in that dark valley. There is a time to die and we will all face this time in our life unless the rapture happens before this time.
Moses had come to the end of his life, and he was shown the Promised Land from the top of the mountain Abarim. He was able to see the fulfillment of God's promise, but he knew he would not be able to go any further. God told him that he would be gathered unto his people meaning that he would soon die. Moses had lived quite a life as recorded for us to learn from and know of the greatness of God through one of His faithful followers. Moses may have not been able to see the Promised Land because of his rebellion against God in the wilderness of Zin, but He was listed in the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11. Moses had lived a life that was pleasing to God, and I am looking forward to meeting him one day in the ultimate promised land, Heaven.
There is a time to die, and my prayer is that I will be actively serving God when my time comes. I want to be found faithful when God calls me home, and I hope that is your prayer as well. There will be a time when we are gathered unto our people, and the things that we deemed important at one time will then seem trivial. We will not regret the times we spent serving God, and we will not wish we would have sinned more. We will long to hear, "well done my good and faithful servant", and in those final moments, we will truly know if we lived a life worthy of those words.
If you died today, are you ready to meet the Lord Jesus? Have you put your faith and trust in Him, or are you hoping your "good" outweighs your “bad”? What are you putting your faith and trust in? Your time to die will come sooner than you think, and in a blink of an eye, you will be 70 if God grants and blesses you with those years. How about you Christian? Are you living for Him or are you entangled in this world? If He were to come today would He say to you, "well done my good and faithful servant?" May we live a life that is worth living, and may we be ready to die when He calls us home.
Stay in the fight!