Encouragement When Death is Near— Freedom from Fear

As I read Psalms 46: 1, I thought about how God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. God is our hope in uncertain times. We need never fear.

As we near the end of our lives, we need not fear death, either. Psalm 139:16 says “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God knows how many days I have left so I don’t need to worry about dying.

As I pondered this verse, I thought: does God merely assign a certain number of days to people? 75 to him, 86 to her, 65 to the lady around the block? God is a God of wisdom. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you.” God doesn’t randomly determine how many days we will live on this earth but has a purpose.

This brings me much joy to know that when my days are finished, it’s because God’s purpose for me has been completed. When I leave earth, it’s not by chance or because God randomly tells me I’ve spent enough time on earth, but because His divine will for my life has been accomplished.

No need to grieve when our Christian friends and family reach that day. God has determined the day to take them home. And God’s ways are perfect and His purposes are accomplished. “As for God, His way is perfect. The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 18:30

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me, your steadfast love, O lord endures forever.” Psalm 138:8a

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