An Appointed Time to Die
An Appointed Time For Everything
Solomon, the wisest man who lived during his day, taught us about time and timing. He says there is a time for everything under heaven. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the king gives us a list of things that have their perfect time. Then he gives us a list of the opposite things that also have their time.
See the chart below to learn what Solomon wanted us to learn about time.
A Time To Do Something
A Time To Refraining From Doing Something
A time to be born
and a time to die
A time to plant
and a time to pluck up that which is planted
A time to kill
and a time to heal
A time to break down
and a time to build up
A time to weep
and a time to laugh
A time to mourn
and a time to dance
A time to cast away stones
and a time to gather stones together
A time to embrace
and a time to refrain from embracing
A time to get
and a time to lose
A time to keep
and a time to cast away
A time to rend
and a time to sew
A time to keep silence
and a time to speak
A time to love
and a time to hate
A time of war
and a time of peace
First of all, know that everyone has an appointed time to die just as everyone had an appointed time to be born. In other words, God has made an appointment for us to die. We just don't know when the appointment is. Some of our friends and relatives have already kept their appointment, and we must do the same when God is ready for us.
Record of Appointments
People live such busy lives that they must have records of their appointments so they can keep them.
Appointments are written in appointment books, in day-timers, on calendars, and listed in cell phones.
We all know about appointments, don't we? Appointments are those things that help us be organized in our daily lives.
- Appointments are those times we have set aside to do someting or to meet someone.
- Appointments include the date, the time, and the place.
- Appointments are made.
- Appointments are postponed.
- Appointments are canceled.
- Appointments are re-scheduled.
- People are sometimes late for appointments.
- People are often on time for appointments.
Some appointments people wish they didn't have. There are doctors' appointment, dentists' appointments and appointment with your auto mechanic.
There are also some appointments we like. They include appointments at the beauty parlor, barber shop, or spa.
There are fun-type appointments such as meeting someone for dinner, going to the movies, or going on a long trip.
The list goes on and on about the type of appointments people should keep because keeping appointments is a way of life for most people. Sometimes we are so bombarded with appointments that they are in conflict with other appointments.
Appointment of All Appointments
When a person dies, he is keeping the appointment that he couldn't cancel, postpone, or reschedule. Before we were knitted together in our mother's womb, God knew when we would be born and when we would die.
You had no idea when you would be born. Certainly, you don't know when you will die. Even sick people live longer than doctors tell them they would live, and some people die earlier than doctors predicted. Everyone has an appointment with death, and only God knows for sure when that appointment is.
During our lifetime, we make our earthly appointments, but there are two appointments we didn't make.
- the time to be born
- the time to die
The Bible tells us that there is an appointed time to live, and it is an appointed time to die (Ecclesiastes 3:2). Just as everyone has an appointment with death, death has an appointment with all of us.
Just as everyone has an appointment with death,
death has an appointment with all of us.
Don't Fear Death
The death of a loved one is always a sad occasion, and we might fear out own death. When we think of it in terms of getting to heaven, we should look beyond the grave to the eternal home of the soul. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
While we should not fear our appointment with death, we should prepare for it in advance. We should live our lives so we can be ready to keep that ultimate appointment. We prepare for death by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Appointments Jesus Kept
Jesus knows about appointments because He Himself kept many of them.
- He kept His appointment to be born of a woman.
- He kept His appointment to walk the face of the earth for 33 years.
- He kept His appointment to die on the cross.
- He kept His appointment to be resurrected from the dead.
- He kept His appointment to ascend into heaven.
- He will keep His appointment to return to earth again.
Jesus' appointment to die makes it easier for us to die. Jesus became the firstfruit because when He died He took the sting out of death and victory out of the grave.
Final Thoughts About Appointments
When you think about your own death, know that God did not spare His own Son from keeping his appointment with death. God will not spare you either. You should be happy about that. Remember Paul said, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
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