(John Fawcett, “The Important Journey from this World to the Next” 1774)
This is a journey which may be near at hand. “I am this day going the way of all the earth.” For anything we know, the journey may be just before us–there may be but a step between us and death!
We have perpetual admonitions respecting the shortness and uncertainty of life. The Word and the ministers of God unitedly call our attention to those subjects, and we ought earnestly to pray that the Lord would teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” Psalm 39:4
Our days are but a span, a hand-breadth, an inch or two of time.
Life is but a vapor that appears for a little season and then vanishes away.
Life is but like a flower of the field, which quickly fades, withers, and dies away. …
While the man is vainly dreaming of years of felicity on earth, God says unto him, “You foolish mortal, this night shall your soul be required of you!” Thus the words of inspiration are verified: “In an hour when you think not, the Son of man will come.”
What numbers do we hear of who are cut off by sudden death! Many are called to set out on this journey at a moment’s warning. … The call is often given at an unexpected moment…
TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS
If we are the children of God–then it is a journey to Heaven, to the regions of immortal light and felicity; to “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Oh, what a solemn journey is that which we have before us! A journey to eternity, a journey which will bring us where we must be, not for an age only, but for millions of ages!
May our hearts be dead to all earthly good. May our affections be set on things above, and our thoughts be in Heaven–that better country to which we are going, and where we will dwell forever.
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