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As I stood at the church door greeting people Sunday, I received a phone call that my nephew in Augusta, Ga., was found dead. What a shock!
We buried his mother (my sister) less than three months ago. His father has advanced Parkinson’s disease and the three of them lived together, with my nephew caring for his father and mother. His father has been sick for a long time, so no one would have predicted that my sister and my nephew would have died first.
We are reminded of a phone call we received at the close of church 25 years ago with the news that my wife’s dad had died unexpectedly. Just last winter, two of our friends in seemingly good health died suddenly less than a week apart. Our niece by marriage died without warning on her bed. I could go on and on.
Perhaps you are thinking as you read this of a friend or loved one who suddenly and without warning passed from this life to the next.
I am prompted to reflect on the fact that our lives are but a vapor. James 4:14 says, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”
My nephew still had lots of work to do. He needed to dispose of his mother’s possessions. He needed to take care of his invalid father. He needed to see his toddler grandchildren grow up. But, no matter – he is gone – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
Should the Death Angel come to claim you as you go about your daily life, would you be ready to meet the Lord? Dying is a part of living, and as surely as you and I are living now, we will surely die, if the Lord tarries his return.
Scripture tells us, “We shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the last trumpet shall sound ... Death shall be swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? ... But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15
If you are not ready for death, which is sure to come, won’t you trust Christ right now to save you? God loves you and gave his son to die for you (John 3:16). Romans 10:9-10 tells us that we are to believe in our heart and confess with our mouth the Lord. Paul told the Philippian jailer to believe on Christ and he would be saved (Acts 16:31). Jesus came to his own and those who believed in him became children of God (John 1:12). Only trust him.
May God bless you, my friend.