Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Time to Die

This is from Charles Spurgeon's Beside Still Waters. I found it helpful to reflect on this morning.

Here is comfort: If the Father of our Lord Jesus arranges all, then our friends do not die untimely deaths. Believers are not cut off before their time. God has appointed a time to harvest His fruit. Some are sweet, even in the early spring, and He gathers them. Others, like baskets of summer fruit, are taken while the year is young. Yet some remain until autumn mellows them. Be sure of this, each will be gathered in season. God has appointed the commencement, the continuation and the conclusion of your mortal life. (p. 123)

8 comments:

MagistraCarminum said...

This is a beautiful thought, Juanita. Praying for you daily.

Love,
Chris

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this text and reminding us that God determines the days of our lives according to His plan - not ours. Continue to pray for you and your family - was glad to get a sermon I could download!
Joy C

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Ruth said...

I am a stranger to you,but had to respond. When I read this It lifted my heart so much. You see our daughter died two years ago suddenly and unexpectely. The enemy has often confronted me with guilt feelings over her death, that I could have prevented it somehow. But this so totally frees me as I know for a fact it was God's timing for her but needed to be reninded. When I think of the days surrounding her death before and after HE was there in unmistakable ways. Thank you for posting this, it gave me an epiphany like none other. Wish I could put into words what this meant to me. God lead me here to read this, and gave me peace. I pray the same peace for you and think of you and your family often because I know what it's like to grieve for one's daughter.
God is so good.
Ruth

Juanita said...

Ruth, thanks so much for letting me know. I'm so thankful that God used this in your life. Truly, I have come to realize through all of this how much God is guiding our lives.

Both Spurgeon's Beside Still Waters and Streams through the Desert have been immensely helpful to me through this time. I also read Suffering and the Sovereignty of God quite early in the process. It's a compilation of the messages from the 2005 Desiring God conference. You can listen to the messages at www.desiringgod.org or read the book.

If you would like to continue the conversation, please feel free to email me privately.

Ruth said...

Thank you Juanita, for the resources, I will definitely check them out especially the messages about Suffering and the Sovereignty of God.
I can't figure out how to e-mail you privately.

Juanita said...

Sorry, Ruth, I thought it was on my blog.

jamandbooks at gmail dot com

Juanita

Ruth said...

Thanks, I sent you a message.