Psalm 39:4 reads, “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.”
Hebrews 9:27 reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
Whitney Houston, the once reigning queen of pop, with a soulful voice and chart-topping hits died suddenly and unexpectedly on February 11 at age 48, just one day before the 54th GRAMMY Awards. Born into Gospel royalty, she began singing at her church in New Jersey as a young girl and was inspired by her mother Cissy Houston, her cousin Dionne Warwick, and her godmother Aretha Franklin. For over a decade and a half she mesmerized the world with her beautiful voice, selling over 200 million albums including seven back-to-back multi-platinum albums. Her No. 1 hits included: “Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know” and “The Greatest Love of All.” She won over 415 awards throughout her career including two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards. After a tumultous marriage to Bobby Brown, she was immersed in drugs and her drug use took a toll on her voice. In recent years, she struggled to make a musical comeback. She produced a new album and starred in a soon to be released movie titled “Sparkle”.
Although millions will mourn her sudden and untimely passing the Bible reminds us that all of us will one day die. You could say that death is a fact of life.
Psalm 39:5 says, “Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.”
Most of us expect to live long, rewarding lives before death’s ultimate arrival. We want to marry, raise children, and retire well. Certainly no one expects to die “before our time”.
So we spend ourselves on living and give little thought to dying. “I’ll prepare later,” we say. But death often comes with no opportunity for final preparation.
So, these words are a gift to you — a gift to help you spend time preparing for death. This is not being morbid. Truth is, if you prepare well to die, you’ll live at your peak now, and when you die you will enter an eternity of complete joy. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
Whitney Houston’s death reminds us that we all have an appointment with death. Hebrews 9:27 reads, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” You might guess that your death is a long way off, when actually it might be as soon as…today.
Wise people prepare to die when the likelihood of death seems very far away. Wise people are ready for death whenever it comes.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PREPARE FOR DEATH
Some people think that eternal life, if it can be found, begins after death. The truth is, God offers us eternal life during our earthly life. It is God’s plan that when death comes, we do not have to fear some quantum change. Death, in fact, for those who are prepared, serves as an embarkation into the fullness of the life we have already begun to live with God.
Jesus puts it in these terms in John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
“From death to life”…it is a crossing over, spiritually, during this life, not at the end.
PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN JESUS
Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin and direct your life. It is by His death and resurrection that you are saved. When life with Jesus has been entered into, death (when it occurs) will simply facilitate your crossing over fully into eternal life with God.
So hear Jesus speaking to you, even as you reflect on these words. Tell Him that you believe He is the Son of God and Savior of the world…and you want to cross over into life. Ask Him to put His eternal life within you. He will. Acts 2:21 says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!
God Bless You!