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Almost All the Leaves Are Down

II Kings 20:1

Almost All the Leaves Are Down

II Kings 20:1

It was fall. The leaves fell rapidly.  The branches of the trees look practically empty.  Observing the nearly bare trees made me think of myself.  I had been a widower for over three years and was approaching the late seventies, the fall of life.

Isaiah’s words came to mind when he spoke to Hezekiah. “Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” (II Kings 20:1). Was there a future for me? Should I make plans to live – or to die?

It is wise for every man and woman to set their house in order because everyone will die. “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27).  If you have not yet accepted Christ (who died for your sins) as Savior, now is the time to trust Jesus.  “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2).

But God was speaking to me about service.  I had served the Lord continuously since becoming saved as a pre-teen. God said to me: “You’re not done yet. I’ve got much for you to do.  Don’t get swallowed up in self-pity.  Don’t quit.  Keep on serving me until I take you home.”

“Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (II Corinthians 4:16-17).  “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age.” (Psalm 92:13-14). 

Now is the time to keep serving!

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