Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Passing of the Saints

Let us be persuaded of this, that no believer dies an untimely death. In every consistent Christian’s case that promise is true, “With long life also will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation;” for long life is not to be reckoned by years as men count them. He lives longest who lives best. Many a man has crowded half a century into a single year. God gives his people life, not as the clock ticks, but as he helps them to serve him; and he can make them to live much in a short space of time. There are no untimely figs gathered into God’s basket; the great Master of the vineyard plucks the grapes when they are ripe and ready to be taken, and not before. Saintly deaths are precious in his sight.

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Precious Deaths," delivered February 18, 1872. Image by joiseyshowaa under Creative Commons License.


Maggie Ann said...

A blessed truth we seldom hear. Thankyou

Br'er Shaygetz said...

I took comfort in this principle last year when He called my mother home. She was preparing to see her grandkids when taken home in her sleep the morning she was to board the plane.

Blessings, grace and peace, B