When Death Casts Its Shadow…

There are times when death casts its shadow. It might be while we are on a bed of sickness. It might be when a loved one is given a limited time to live. It might be when we are “in the sights” of an enemy. Sometimes death strikes suddenly, without a shadow of warning. Then, of course, there is the shadow that comes with advanced age. When we are old, we realize that death could come most any time. Death’s shadow may be a blessing in disguise, affording us some moments to make sure that we know Jesus, as Savior and Lord. However, realizing that death can strike quickly without warning, we would be foolish to wait for the shadow of death’s warning. We might miss Heaven, by a very slim margin. II Corinthians 6:2 cautions, “….behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Turning to Jesus now, if you haven’t already, will free you, who “…..through fear of death were (have been) all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (From Hebrews 2:15). Death, without Christ, is bondage. Whatever else that means, it includes the bondage of fearing certain judgment. When He is our Savior and Lord, we can say with the Palmist, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me…..Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:4;6). Selah! Life, at best, is brief. We will be well advised to be ready for eternity. We may have a little time to receive Christ, or our opportunity could end in the next moment. Don’t risk ending up lost forever. Receive Him in the only time that you are sure of being able to do so, NOW!  Ron

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