Heb 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
The story of Jacob blessing his sons and grandsons followed by his death is found in Gen 48:8-49:33.
Here we are told that Jacob, physically weakened and facing his upcoming death (probably the same day – Gen 49:33), handed down the blessings and prophecies of God to his grandsons and then worshipped Jehovah.
If we knew that our death was approaching, how would we fill our final hours? Would it be in the enjoyment of a worldly pleasure? Perhaps spending time with our earthly family? Or would we be hurrying to have arrangements made for the handling of our physical body and worldly possessions? Worst of all, would some of us be quickly trying to find peace with God before facing Him in eternity?
How many of us, following the example of Jacob, would confidently know the Lord’s will for our lives and be seeking to fulfill it until we drew our last breath?
We do not know what tomorrow may hold for us. It is very possible that someone who is reading this may never live another day. Are we ready to meet our Lord? If so, are we confident of His will for our lives and are we seeking to follow Him daily? By actively making both spiritual and temporal preparations for our death now, we will be able to spend our last hours serving Him and experiencing His peace and the love of those around us.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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