O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! Deuteronomy 32:29.
The Lord “doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” Lamentations 3:33. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13, 14. He knows our heart, for He reads every secret of the soul…. He knows the end from the beginning. Many will be laid away to sleep before the fiery ordeal of the time of trouble shall come upon our world….
If Jesus, the world’s Redeemer, prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me,” and added, “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39), how very appropriate it is for finite mortals to make the same surrender to the wisdom and will of God.
We have but a brief lifetime here, and we know not how soon the arrow of death may strike our hearts. We know not how soon we may be called to give up the world and all its interests. Eternity stretches before us. The curtain is about to be lifted. But a few short years, and for everyone now numbered with the living the mandate will go forth: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: … and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11.
Are we prepared? Have we become acquainted with God, the Governor of heaven, the Lawgiver, and with Jesus Christ whom He sent into the world as His representative? When our lifework is ended, shall we be able to say, as did Christ our example:
“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do…. I have manifested thy name”? John 17:4-6.
The angels of God are seeking to attract us from ourselves and from earthly things. Let them not labor in vain.
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Prayer Requests
—-Tomorrow will start a two week vacation for me during which time there will be no devotional. Please pray for safe travels. Thanks. Rose
—-My husbands mom had a heart attack during the night. We almost lost her on operating table one artery was almost completely blocked. They put in a stent. She is stable and doing well this morning. Please Keep her in your prayers. Cardiologist spent a lot of time with them. One out of 100 stents fail. Darla
—-my aunt she has pancreatic cancer..her bilirubin needs to come way down, before they can do any kind of surgery..or before she can come home from the hospital..please continue to pray for her and her family..Eva
—-My daughter & family are half way to family camp(4 more hrs.), but a $500 part on their truck went bad – doesn’t include labor! To order means waiting & the 4th holiday means even longer delay. They are also pulling their boat & can’t just leave anywhere! Looks like they may spend their week fixing the truck & using the camp refund to pay for it, unless God opens up a way. Prayers for His will & His wisdom. Beverly

The Arrow of Death