Saturday, July 23, 2016

Spilled Out - Martin Wiles

All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. 2 Samuel 14:14 NLT

What’s spilled can be wiped up but not normally recovered. 

A number of us were enjoying ourselves at our annual church picnic and campout. I had joined a local couple and their family at their campsite and was helping them prepare supper. As we tried to fit all the condiments on a small picnic table, a two liter bottle of Coke tumbled off and rolled down the hill. Not thinking, I picked it up and unscrewed the top. Coke spewed everywhere. Not one ounce of it could be recovered.  

A wise woman once compared death to water being spilled on the ground. King David had a rift with one of his sons and refused to see him. His military commander sent a wise woman to tell the king a story which actually applied to his situation. In doing so, she used a simile to compare spilled water and death.

Death will be a reality for all except those living when Christ returns. It’s not an event I enjoy thinking about—even though the thought enters my mind more now than in the past. As I age, I know I’m closer to D day than I’ve been. Practical preparations should include life insurance policies and a will. 

However, these items will only ensure my family is taken care of and possibly that my heirs won’t argue over what I leave behind. They won’t affect my eternity—which is more important. 

Like spilled water, life is temporary. God spends His time trying to gather us to Himself since sin has separated us from Him. He’s not satisfied to wipe up our spills and toss the rag away. He wants more for us. Nor should we so carelessly toss others aside. 

Repentance of sins and faith in Christ are the only things that ultimately prepare us for death. Once this initial step is taken, a life of spiritual growth and learning to trust Christ with every aspect of our lives should follow. As we near the end of our lives, we’ll not fret or fear. Confidence that we belong to God will usher us through the death event. Like spilled water, we’ll melt into the presence of our loving Heavenly Father. 

When your time comes to go, will you be ready?

Prayer: Father, thank You that even though we must walk through the valley of death You will not forsake us. 

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