Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and run me through and torture me.” But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it. – 1 Samuel 31:4
Instead of dying at the hands of the Philistines (his mortal enemy), Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. He considered the dishonor of death by Philistine hands to be worse than taking his own life.
How would you like to die … for you will (if the Lord tarries)? By the hand of the Enemy, by your own hand, or by the hand of God?
Make no mistake, God’s Enemy (Satan) would like to see God’s children die and he wants to kill them … to kill you. Some escape this possibility by simply staying out of the battle. They deduce that by remaining on the spiritual sidelines, their lives will remain safe, secure, and free from strife. Others, it seems, would rather die by their own hand. Like Saul, they abdicate their God-granted victory through disobedience and the result is a hopeless life, a win-less victory, and death by self-impalement. Shame indeed kills even if a sword doesn’t.
There is, of course, another option. We can choose to die by the hand of God. For when a person places his or her life IN the hand of God, then ANY death must ultimately by His hand. In such circumstances, a person’s life AND death are not only BY God, but also FOR God and for His glory.
We live and we die. Wouldn’t it be best to live and die by HIS hand?
Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help. – Carter Burwell
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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