My mom, who is now 80 years old, broke her back last week. She is not even sure how it happened. I have decided that old age is not something to look forward to. She even told me that the golden years are all a myth. Preparing for our retirement and our end days on earth are so difficult. So many to things to think about – Will I have enough money to sustain me until I die? Where will I go when I can no longer take care of myself? How will I pay for care and where will I live? Who should I instruct to handle all of my affairs?
In 1 Kings 2:1-10, King David knows he is about to die. He has already appointed his son, Solomon to be King in his place. Before he dies, he gives his son, Solomon instructions: “Be strong. Be courageous, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statues, his, commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies…” I wonder how many of us would give that instruction to the ones we are leaving behind? Because I am thinking I would say something like, “Here is all my bills; here is the deed to my house; and here is my life insurance policy, etc…” I wonder if being a godly person is to have our minds and hearts on godly things – not earthly things?
Let us pray…Dear God, help us to set our minds on you and what is important to you – not what is important here on earth. Help us to prepare for our death by understanding your heavenly realm. We pray this in your name. Amen.