It may be of great service to us, before we fall asleep, to remember this mournful fact, for it may lead us to set loose by earthly things.
There is nothing very pleasant in the recollection that we are not above the shafts of adversity, but it may humble us and prevent our boasting like the Psalmist in our morning’s portion. “My mountain standeth firm: I shall never be moved.” It may stay us from taking too deep root in this soil from which we are so soon to be transplanted into the heavenly garden.
Let us recollect the frail tenure upon which we hold our temporal mercies.
If we would remember that all the trees of earth are marked for the woodman’s axe, we should not be so ready to build our nests in them.
We should love, but we should love with the love which expects death, and which reckons upon separations.
Our dear relations are but loaned to us, and the hour when we must return them to the lender’s hand may be even at the door. The like is certainly true of our worldly goods. Do not riches take to themselves wings and fly away? Our health is equally precarious. Frail flowers of the field, we must not reckon upon blooming for ever.
There is a time appointed for weakness and sickness, when we shall have to glorify God by suffering, and not by earnest activity. There is no single point in which we can hope to escape from the sharp arrows of affliction; out of our few days there is not one secure from sorrow.
Man’s life is a cask full of bitter wine; he who looks for joy in it had better seek for honey in an ocean of brine.
Beloved reader, set not your affections upon things of earth: but seek those things which are above, for here the moth devoureth, and the thief breaketh through, but there all joys are perpetual and eternal. The path of trouble is the way home. Lord, make this thought a pillow for many a weary head!
Word In Due Time
My children, your obedience to Me and My Kingdom will be tested. You must obey Me at all cost. You will pay a price for being obedient to Me and My Kingdom.
You will be hated, rejected, persecuted and some killed because of Me and My Kingdom but great will your reward be in Heaven. Stay obedient even onto death. I am for you and not against you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.
A world is dying without Me because of their disobedience. It is not My will that anyone perish but that all repent to have eternal life. Each and every one must obey Me and repent because there will be no mercy without true remorseful repentance. I love and I care that is why I warn the disobedient, I call them to repentance.
Obey Me and you will live, refuse and continue in your wickedness by disobeying Me and you will certainly perish. I am the righteous Judge. I know every heart and all motives. I judge righteously. I am the only One who is able to throw into hell. Repent! I seek obedience, that is pleasing to Me. All the disobedient will be punished.