A Covenant with Death
A man once made a covenant with Death. The covenant was that Death should not come on him unawares, that Death was to give warning of his approach.
Years rolled on, and at last Death stood before his victim. The old man blanched and faltered out, "Why, Death, you have not been true to your promise, you have not kept your covenant. You promised not to come unannounced. You never gave me any warning."
"Not so!" came Death's answer. "Every one of those gray hairs is a warning; every one of your lost teeth is a warning; your eyes growing dim is a warning; your natural power and vigor abated, that is a warning. Aha! I've warned you. I've warned you continually."
And Death would not delay, but swept his victim into eternity.
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Reader, do you realize that you, too, are going to die? Maybe not this minute, maybe not tomorrow, but ultimately you will die. Psalm 89:48 asks the question, "What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?" The answer is that we all shall see death, and that none of us can deliver our soul from the hand of the grave.
So instead of trying to pretend that death will not happen to you, instead of ignoring the inevitable, prepare for it. Isaiah 55:6-7 says, "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
If you repent and come to the Lord, He can save you from the terrors of death and hell. But you must not delay. Tomorrow may be too late. 2 Corinthians 6:2 warns, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Do not make the mistake of thinking you have all of the time in the world. A decision delayed is a decision of rejecting Christ.
Instead of being scared of death, you, too, can say, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:55). But first you must realize that you are a sinner who deserves hell, turn from your sin, and ask Christ to be your Lord and Savior.
As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me (Psalm 55:16).
(Click here to see a track that illustrates the danger of procrastination).