In Job, chapter 14, because of all the pain and suffering he was going through, it caused him to think about death. However, he is not alone, for many people who are struggling with depression and fear, also ponder upon their own death. Unfortunately, some people take their own life at this time in suicide. As for Job and people in the faith, he did not take his life but endured life’s trials. While suffering, he said, 1“man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. And doth thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?” (Job 14:1-3) 1“Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass.” (Job 14:5) So in these first few verses of this chapter, we learn that our days are few and full of heartache and regret. We don’t know the time of our own death or others, but God does. Even the very year and month are all determined by God. It doesn’t matter if we are born in luxury or poverty, we will all eventually die. We are here with our friends and family one day and not the next. Though we wish people would remember us, only a few friends and family will keep us in their thoughts, while others will soon move on with their lives. Life is hard, but what matters is if we lived our lives for Christ or not. Then, will we be in good standing with God the day that we do die.
Job also said the following, which we can all learn from. 1“But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:11-14) The day that our bodies waste away and we eventually die, many of us will be buried, while others are cremated. No matter what happens, our flesh will return to dust until God forms us once again in the resurrection. Our bodies will not rise until then, however, our spirits will rise up into paradise or hell, the day we die. Then, judgment will come soon after. It is written, 2“it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:27-28) My friends, don’t waste your time on earth but believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. This means praying often, reading the Bible daily, and trusting in and doing God’s will. This is loving Jesus and our neighbor. By doing this will you be found worthy come death and judgment day.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for this life. I know that I have lived many years already and my life could soon be over. I cannot count the days of my life that are left, but only You can. All I know is that they are numbered, just like everyone else’s. And just as Job suffered and thought about his own death, I do the same. Even now my throat is killing me because of the congestion buildup, which I know You can still heal me. However, if it is not my time to be healed, then I also understand. No matter when You take me, oh Lord, will I be ready. If I die after suffering in pain, I will be ready to receive You. If I die in my old age, while I am sleeping, I will be ready. My life is dedicated to serving You and doing Your will. If I am blessed with many more days to do this, I will be glad. And if I don’t have this chance, I will be glad also. For the day I take my last breath, will I enter Paradise and await my time for judgment. I will cherish the day that I will soon see You, my Lord, and Savior. Nothing in this life has meaning without You in it. Therefore, it will be a blessed time to spend with You for all eternity in heaven one day. Until then, Lord, be with me and my family all mine and their days. Help me to continue raising my children up to follow You. I can’t wait for the day that they give their lives to You also for salvation. I Love You, Jesus. I give You praise and glory, this day and forever. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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