When a person hears that a family member or friend has an fatal illness we invariably react with feelings of surprise and sadness. We humans seem to have a built-in blindness to the reality of death. However, from the moment we enter into this old world, we begin to die.
Despite this inane idea that somehow it will always be the other person who dies, one day it will be your turn. In Hebrews 9:27, it is written, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Despite all the advances in medical technology, the words of the Psalmist still ring true: “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10). Truly, as an old Hank Williams, Sr. song says, “No matter how I struggle and strive, I’ll not get out of this world alive”. And those whose strong constitution extends their lives beyond 100 years find that the so-called “Golden Years” bring an added burden of illness and pain and loneliness from all their loved ones passing before them. Despite all of the efforts to diet, exercise and stay fit, aging and physical death are still out there! Job sized the matter up by writing, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: He flees also as a shadow, and continues not.”
So, physically we are all terminally ill. The fleshly body was not engineered to stay here very long! However, we need to remember that all the foregoing applies to the flesh and does not address itself to the spiritual side of man. The Scriptures teach that man is more than flesh and blood. Rather, inspired, holy men of God, in both Old and New Testaments, teach us that man has an eternal soul.
The Scriptures teach that Jesus lived and died to make salvation possible. Truly, we must die, “But after this the judgment.” Now is the time to prepare for death, judgment and eternity. Don’t wait with the expectation that you will one day grow old and fade away peaceably. All of us are susceptible to death at any moment and for any reason. Once we are gone, we are gone forever and never will return. Get prepared to meet the Lord our God today! (Amos 4:11,12) Set your house in order (2 Kin 20:1) “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”. (2 Cor 6:2).