“Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to (the biblical) God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:6, 7)
As I age, I’m becoming more and more aware of how close I am to dying. I’ve lived a full life (72 years) and find that many of my friends have already passed away. The wisest king Solomon wrote about this in Ecclesiastes where he describes a word few want to utter – – “death.” What a morbid idea!
But it’s reality every human around the globe has to face.
In the meantime, we live as though we will be around forever. We clamor for pleasure, we indulge in greedy pursuits, we lust after things, we hate and kill, we follow other religious ideologies, we avoid the God of the Bible (for who knows what reasons), we believe we can forge our own destiny and we live under misguided and false assumptions especially about the afterlife.
It is a common expression, “You won’t find an atheist in a foxhole.” Even the agnostic, atheist, religionist or secularist has to die! And get this, it won’t be his personal decision as to his eternal destiny – – it will come from the One who created him in the first place – – the God of the Bible! You can argue this “till the cows come home,” but it won’t change the Truth of God’s Word, the Bible! God has spoken and that is final. Death also is final, and when that happens, your destiny is sealed!
All pride will be removed, all relationships will be severed, all false views will be left behind – – and the only reality will be having to face the justice of the only true God and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s rather simple: believers in Him will enjoy His presence for evermore. Unbelievers will suffer incredibly under the wrath of Almighty God for all eternity without a second chance for having rejected the only means of salvation – – the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When all the dust settles, where will you spend eternity? Keep on blindly following your empty pursuits, but remember, you’ve been warned (Luke 16:19-31)!