Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 22, 2015
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15, KJV
Saints are precious in the sight of the Lord. More specifically, He sees the death of saints as precious in His sight. Their faithful living leaves a residue of righteousness on their relationships. Their countenance reflects Christ as they speak His truth and exhibit His grace. Precious memories remain for those who have been in their company.. They leave behind a legacy of having loved well.
Precious saints provide a picture of Jesus. They allow us to look into the life of our Lord by their godly example. Their sensitive spirit rejoices when we rejoice and weeps when we weep. They do not cast stones of judgment; rather they are a rock of reassurance and encouragement. They are on the lookout for ways to serve, drawing attention to their Savior Jesus, not themselves. The inner beauty of their character is beautiful to behold. Precious saints finish well, so their death is a celebration of their faithfulness to God.
“Rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4 NKJV).
Have you lost a precious soul who is near and dear to your heart? Has your husband, wife or lifetime friend (they are like a brother or sister) gone to be with the Lord? What is precious has been taken and given a glorified body, while you remain in a temporary tent that mourns a great loss. Grieve well—as God has promoted His precious one.
A saint who dies is precious because they have believed and seen Jesus as the most Precious One. Now that they are in the presence of Jesus in heaven—you can be intentional to enter into the presence of Jesus on earth. Though their body no longer lives, their precious spirit inspires you to love God and love people. Use this defining moment of death to step up to another level of faith, love and hope that the Lord desires. The death of your precious saint compels you to also finish precious to God.
“Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:1-3, NKJV).
Prayer: How can I finish well, so my life is precious to the Lord at my homecoming into heaven?
Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 4:2; Isaiah 6:1;1; Peter 1:19; 2:3-5; 2 Peter 1:4
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