I often wonder how close to death each of us is. Whether we are close
enough to see the door creaking open, or whether we are so far from it
that it is hidden in the fog of wonder, death is our portion upon which
the Lord has cast his sovereign will due to our sin.
But now that sin has taken its journey into the depths of the sea, and now that sin has been
sown up in a little bag, and since God remembers them no more, death
does not seem to be so mysterious, because God has revealed much of it
to us in his word. Death does not seem so lonesome, since we know that,
though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we need fear
no evil, for he is with us. Death does not seem so fearful, for he has
cast away our fear of it, not the fact of it, but the result of it. Even
the Lord feared at his death, but he looked for the joy that was beyond
it. We, too, shall fear in death, no doubt; but we joy in the result of
Heaven is waiting; the Devil is defeated; Christ is
ready in his own time to literally "bring us to God." We shall see him
as he is, and I think we shall not only be blessed and honored to see
him face to face, but we shall also be somewhat surprised at his beauty,
his glory, and his majesty.
I am not sure that it is very
Scriptural to desire that the Lord will come quickly, but sometimes a
weak body and a longing soul can hardly do otherwise. Pain and weakness
are pushing me in that direction often in these senior days.
May God give you and your family grace for whatever he has for you. We love you and pray for you often. To God be the glory!
Pastor Dr. Ronnie Wolfe - November 5, 2013
To my friend, Bro. Glenn Archer