- Religion and Philosophy
Learning to Live so You Can Be Ready to Die
Death is the one thing all of us have in common. Regardless of our sex, race, national origin or personal belief, we will all die. No matter what our lot in life is, we will all die. No matter how rich or poor we are, we will all die. No matter how good looking we are, we will all die. Second Samuel 14:14 says, “We all must die.”
We cannot reach our final destination until we die.
Even though we all will die, we all will not have the same destination. Our eternal address might be different depending on whether we are going to heaven or whether we are going to hell.
Death is something that the saved and the unsaved will experience because we will all die.
Death is a transition from this life to the next. When we breath our last breath on earth, the next breath goes back to God from whence it originally came. Death is that intermediate state between this material world and the spiritual world. Death is the door through which all of us must go through in order to rest into the arms of Jesus. Death should not be feared. Jesus died and took the sting out of death and victory out of the grave. Death is the enemy that has been defeated.
William Cullen Bryant, an American poet, who lived in the 18th century wrote a poem entitled “Thanatopsis” which means “a view of death.” Bryant, at the age of 17 wrote this 75 line poem comparing death with sleep. Bryant says death is a natural cycle just like sleep is a natural cycle. When we sleep, we rest and retire from the day’s activities. When we die, we retire and rest from this material world. Death is an intermediate state between this life and an eternal life with God. We awake from sleep. We will also awake from death. I recently wrote an article on "Thanatopsis: A View of Death."
We live! We die. We can’t choose the time of our death. We can’t choose the place of our death. We don’t know the when or the where. But what we can do is to so live that when we do die we can die peaceful knowing that we lived our lives according to God’s plan. We can choose to have a fearless attitude about death. We can so live that death is merely pulling the blankets from our beds up around us and lying down to pleasant dreams.
So live that when the time comes we will go freely without kicking and screaming. So live so that when the time comes, we walk through the silent halls of death and walk into the mysterious realm where all of us must walk. We are admonished to so live so that we approach our grave peacefully.
James 4:13-17 says we should not boast about tomorrow because we don’t know whether we will live or die. We cannot boast about our longevity because we don’t know how long we will be on this earth. We can be here today and gone today.
When people have illnesses, doctors sometimes try to pinpoint when they will die. The Great Physician can change that timetable. Ask Hezekiah. God granted him 15 more years.
So live knowing that one day you will die. So live because one day you will get your summons to join that innumerable caravan which moves to that mysterious realm of death.
So live being assured that when you die you will live forever with God. So live that when you die you will go quietly. So live that when you die you will not fear death. So live that when your time comes you can say like David, yea though I walk through valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. So live know that God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you even in death.”
So live that you can be assured that heaven will be your home.
So live each day as if it were your last. So live know that you are just a mist that appears for a little while and is no more.
So live in a way that your life will mean something even after death. So live that you will be remembered long after you have said goodbye to the world.
So live with the blessed hope that to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord.
If God saw fit for you to die today, would you be ready/
So live that when we die we will go to be with God our Father. We can face death because Jesus did. He died on the cross bearing the shame and being despised. He endured the shame by being beating with 39 lashes. He was spit upon. He was nailed to the cross. He was pierced in the sides. He died that we might have a more peaceful death. He was buried and He rose on the third day. He is now sitting at the right hand of God making intercessions for us.
So live knowing that death has no string. The grave has no victory. We will all die. We can’t boast about living forever. But until we do, let us live so we can be ready to die when the time comes.
SO LIVE! Glory be to God . . . So live!
- An Appointed Time to Die
Everyone has an appointed time to die, according to Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes.
- Meaning of William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis: A V...
William Cullen Bryant says we are to so live that when it is time for us to die, we should not fight it, but welcome it. We should not be afraid like a slave at night in a dungeon but instead we should be sustained an soothed with an unfaltering trus