Not only are we ignorant of what will take place tomorrow (James 4.14), but there is no guarantee that we’ll make it past one more half-hour. You may be finishing your shift just like on any other routine day and be entirely ignorant of the fact that you won’t even make it home to prepare for another! “The night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9.4) carries with it a very personal, spiritual application! Our life may be routine. But death might suddenly show that our life is entirely unpredictable. Death, though it may render routine life unpredictable, is itself routine. Death happens to someone, somewhere, every day.
By whatever kind of event that compels it, death, even the death of each one of us, is foreknown and determined by God. If no sparrow falls to the ground without God overseeing the event (Matthew 10.29), then how much more is this the case where humans are concerned? “Unto God the LORD belong the issues from death” (Psalm 68.20.) This doesn’t mean you are safe. Don’t get that into your head! Death is punishment for sin. “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15.56.) The meaning is that sin ensures your death because of your transgression of God’s law. We all die; but there is victory waiting on the other side only for those who trust Jesus Christ, the Son of God who obeyed that law and who suffered the penalty for man’s breaking it too. Do you trust him to save you from a death that is greater than the first? the never-dying death, which is torment in literal hell? May you get Jesus for your Saviour before your routine life is spoiled by a danger none of us can know is coming!
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