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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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83
 

“….in that very day his plans perish.”

 
 
 
   

Sometimes people who appear to be healthy die instantly. A couple who were concluding an anniversary trip were in a jet getting ready for take-off. The wife asked her husband to fasten his seat belt. She looked away momentarily, heard him cough, looked back at him, and he had died. He had not been ill. They had spent three weeks in their celebration as tourists. This example of unexpected death is a reminder that each of us always needs to be prepared to die. The Psalmist describes what happens to a man when he dies: “His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish.” Plans for one’s life die with the one who made them. It is not wrong to make plans for life so long as we acknowledge dependence on the will of God. Rather, it is wrong not to make plans for death. Planning for life without planning for death has taken countless sinners (and such we all are) to the place of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Planning for death is not making a will and settling funeral arrangements, important as these are. Planning for death involves repenting of sin and trusting in the blood of Jesus for cleansing from our sins. If we have not sought forgiveness through the sacrifice of God’s appointed Savior, and if we have not sought a new moral nature implanted in us by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, we have not made plans for death. In such a case, we are utterly unprepared
to die. Only the believer can face death without fear, saying, “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

   

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