Dear Readers in Christ, "Draw near to GOD, and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

Sunday, 28 April 2013


“Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season” (Job 5:26).

This is a great promise for the children of God who walk with God. A shock of corn comes to the store house when it is most healthy and useful. We should not die at a time when we are useless and a burden to others, but at a time when we are most useful and a great blessing to all (including our enemies).

Read about the promise of God to Abraham: “Thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace (shalom); thou shalt be buried in a good old age.”The word shalom means good health, prosperity, safety, rest, peace, completeness etc. “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” (Psa 37:37). Here also the same word shalom is used. So it is the good pleasure of God that His saints end their lives in peace – in good health, in rest, in prosperity. Prosperity means prosperity in every sense – spiritual life prospering, health prospering, the grace of God prospering and life prospering for the glory of God.

We read that, according to God’s promise, “Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people” (Gen 25:8). It doesn’t say ‘in a bad old age’ but ‘in a good old age’. This experience of  ‘a good old age’ is promised to a number of saints in connection with their old age. The words ‘of years’ are in italics in the Bible. So the verse could be: “Abraham died in a good old age, an old man and full.” He died full of blessings, full of grace, full of the goodness of God, full of health and full of spiritual wealth.

Dear child of God, are you afraid of your future – thinking you will become sick and weak and a burden to others? According to your faith, be it unto you. Abraham believed and God counted it as righteousness and God performed what He promised to him. Let us believe as Mary did. “Blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45). May the Lord fulfill our longing to end in peace, in shalom.

– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion

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