“I saw her just yesterday, she passed by me and we greeted, I never knew that would be the last wave from her”; “she was at my shop, we discussed at length and cracked a few jokes, that was to be the final, but I never knew”; “Is that how people die so easily?” These were the various comments about Mrs. Deco Jill’s sudden demise. Life is very uncertain, filled with both pleasant and unpleasant surprises. As one is celebrating the birth of a newborn, another is mourning the death of a loved one. No one knows who is next.
Death is a debt owed by every man and to be paid at a time appointed by God. He has a calendar for everyone, “a time to be born and a time to die” Ecclesiastes 3:2. Death is a subject many wouldn’t want to discuss, a topic many consider appalling and unfit for consideration. “Why should I plan for death at this young age?” some folks would think. Hardly would anyone consciously prepare for death, except for those already advanced in age and obviously nearing the grave.
Unfortunately, death has no regard for age; the young die as well as the old. Sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly, at other times after a prolonged illness or advanced age. The most important thing is not when nor by which means we die, but how well prepared we are for our end at all times. Once we die, we go to our rewards: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27. How prepared are you for death? How ready are you for the rapture?
The believer through death or rapture transits to glory. After death, the sinner transits to eternal damnation and shame. After the sinner dies, no amount of prayer for repose of the soul will avail. Now is the time we all have to make amends where necessary and get ready for leaving this world. My prayer is that when death comes knocking at the door, we will not be found wanting. If the Lord wills, that the trumpet sounds before death beckons, may we be counted worthy to go at the rapture; may we reign with Him eternally. Amen and amen.