If you are laying on your deathbed, which means that you will not be getting up from there, you are not interested in what the weather is going to be tomorrow, what your favorite podcast is presenting today, what you favorite YouTube person has posted that day, you are going to die and there is not going to be a tomorrow.
This day has been appointed for you, saved or lost, this is the last day that you will be alive, and it is finally time to come to the realization of that. If you are lost, you are fearful, and I dare say that for many of you if you are saved you will be just as fearful, especially if you have not attained to what you consider “old age,” if you are not eighty or ninety years old, you will probably lay there and wonder “why.”
To those of you who have wrongfully believed that if you say certain prayers and have what you consider faith, you are perplexed. Is not your faith strong enough, have you said the wrong prayers, or perhaps not repeated them with enough heartfelt intent to incline the Almighty to give you the healing you so desire? What happened to all that “pleading the blood of Jesus,” of “name it and claim it,” what seems to be the problem, isn’t the Most High supposed to acquiesce to your demands when you say the right words and the proper prayers? Were you not supposed to live a long, healthy happy life and then not be upon that final bed from which you will not arise until you were very, very old?
Perhaps the god you have been serving is in fact one that you wanted to serve you, to keep you free from all that pain and suffering, to make sure that, at least within the limits that you have set, give you everything you asked for, look upon you with great favor because you’re such a wonderful Christian, and make sure that everything goes well.
Your so-called personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ was nothing more than a self-serving life, one centered on your wants and desires, and using the false notion that He was there to make sure you stayed happy. And now you are going to die.
Can you smile as you recall Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Does a peace enter your heart as Jeremiah 29:11 comes into your mind, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Is this the end you expected?
It’s too bad that most of you will never contemplate that final moment, oh, you may at times envision the way it might occur, and probably always in a way that will be quick and painless, but you will not truly contemplate that door that everyone of us must pass through. Right now, you’re thinking about the Rapture, aren’t you? But not because you will be overjoyed beyond anything in your life when you see the Lord Jesus Christ in the air, but because it means you will not have to suffer the pains of death.
For most of you when that moment arrives, you will fear, and most of you will not contemplate that fear, no matter what is written here.
Oh well, make your plans for tomorrow, prepare for the week ahead, check those websites, podcasts and videos later today, don’t concern yourself with this, it will happen when it happens, right? Tell you what, why don’t you repeat Philippians 1:21 a few times to yourself, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” It will make you feel better, maybe you can convince yourself that you actually believe it.