Preparing for Death, Part 1
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2 NIV
Sounds fairly morbid, doesn’t it? I don’t know that Solomon was attempting to gross us out, or even to make us think that he relishes the idea of death. Solomon was dealing with the meaning of life, and in the process of this discourse, he addresses life and death. If you don’t know it yet, you are going to die.
Your physical body will one day cease to exist. Your spirit will live on, but life as you know it will be no more. It could happen within the next minute, in twenty years, or maybe for some reading this, sixty years. I don’t know, and neither do you.
What Solomon discovered, I believe, is that everyone dies. Now, its funny how it took the wisest man in the world to uncover that truth, but, if you think about it, we live most of our lives not planning for our death. We plan far more for our one or two week vacations than we do our eternity, don’t we?
I think this wise man had done some thinking about the end of time. I think he had figured out that it would be prudent for a man to realize, early in life, that death is the destiny for every man, and that we had better spend our life preparing for it.
Are you prepared to die? It has been said that we aren’t prepared to live until we are prepared to die. If you died today, are you ready to meet your Maker? Are you living a life that would please Him? More importantly, would He accept you into His Kingdom? That assurance can only be had when you know for sure that you have a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him, ask Jesus to save you today. If you know Him already, start living like it! Then you will be more prepared for your final destiny!