Comfort For The Dying: by Charles H. Spurgeon: 1834-1892
January 24, 2013 in Preparedness
The following devotion from the great English Preacher of the 19th century, Charles H. Spurgeon, was read by me at the request of a friend for her own funeral. I read it to her so as to comfort her and it affected her so deeply that she wanted me to read it so it would serve as a comfort for her family and friends after she was gone. If you are or have dealt with the issue of death, then I hope this can serve as a comfort to you now. Yet if not now, then I hope that it can serve as a comfort to you in the future.
Psalm 33:21 “Our heart shall rejoice in Him.”
“Blessed is the fact that Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress. Although trouble may surround them, they still sing; and like many birds, they sing best in their cages. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God’s countenance. They have a buoyancy about them which keeps their head always above the water, and helps them to sing amid the tempest, “God is with me still.” To whom will the glory be given? Oh to Jesus, it is all by Jesus. Trouble does not necessarily bring consolation with it to the believer, but the presence of the Son of God in the fiery furnace with him fills his heart with joy. He is sick and suffering, but Jesus visits him and makes his bed for him. He is dying, and the cold chilly waters of Jordan are gathering about him up to the neck, but Jesus puts His arms around him and says, “Fear not, beloved; to die is to be blessed. The waters of death have their fountain-head in heaven. They are not bitter, they are sweet as nectar, for they flow from the throne of God.” As the departing saint wades through the stream, and the billows gather around him, and heart and flesh fail him, the same voice sounds in his ears, “Fear not; I am with thee; be not dismayed; I am thy God.” As he nears the borders of the infinite unknown, and is almost too frightened to enter the realm of shades, Jesus says, “Fear not, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Thus strengthened and consoled, the believer is not afraid to die, no, he is even willing to depart, for since he has seen Jesus as the morning star, he longs to gaze upon Him as the sun in his strength. Truly, the presence of Jesus is all the heaven we desire. He is at once:
“The glory of our brightest days; The comfort of our nights.”