Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. —Psalm 116:15

Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’ —Ezekiel 33:11

            This is a fact of life that we all have to face— we will all die one day.  150,000 die everyday world-wide.  One day you and I will be included in that number!  It is eternally wise to be ready for that day.  It is eternally folly not to be prepared for that day!

            We are told that “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”  Why is the death of His saints precious?  Because they will be with Him forever in glory!  Oh, happy day!  The Apostle Paul said that “we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8).  Is that where you would rather be?  If not, what do you see as more important than being with Jesus?  Are you ready?  Live life now like you are ready to die now that you would hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

            On the other hand, our Lord does not take any “pleasure in the death of the wicked.”  No, He desires the wicked to “turn from their ways and live.”  This is His desire— “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).  Yes, God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 2:4).  “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).  Jesus has not come back yet because He desires more people to respond to Him for salvation.  He is patient.

            Brother and sister that is why we are still living!  We are to be bringing the message to them.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:13-15).  Jesus sent us! (John 17:18).  Death is quickly approaching every living person.  Let us be passionate to reach them with the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  Yes, Father, please help us to be faithfully bringing the gospel message to others that they can also know You through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.  May it be so!

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