Tag: Die

The enclosed garden

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

A garden enclosed —Song of Solomon 4:12

The figure here is of a beautiful, fruitful enclosure, not a wilderness. Garden soil is cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or wilderness. The idea of a garden is culture. The ground has to be prepared, to be broken up by ploughing, to be mellowed by harrowing. All the stones have to be removed and the roots of all natural growth dug up. The good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not prosper in our natural soil. We all feel we should try to improve the old nature, but that is not God’s way. His method is to get self out of the way entirely, and let Him create anew out of nothing, so that all shall be of Him; and Jesus will be the acknowledged Alpha and Omega.

The thing we want to learn here is to die. There can be no real life till self dies. And we dare not try to die ourselves, but ask God to slay us; He will make a thorough work of it.

by A.B. Simpson

Gone so soon without a trace!

Thomas Watsonby Thomas Watson

“The Godly Man’s Picture Drawn with a Scripture Pencil”

“We were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow!” Job 8:9

“My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass!” Psalm 102:11

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” Ephesians 5:16

How you spend your time is a matter of great importance. Many people fool away their time–some in idle visits, others in recreations and pleasures which secretly bewitch the heart, and take it away from holy things. What are our golden hours for–but to attend to our souls?

Time misspent is not time lived–but time lost!

Time is a precious commodity. As salvation is to be worked out in time, and a place in Heaven depends on using it well–time is of infinite concern!

Think of your short stay in the world. “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow–gone so soon without a trace!” 1 Chronicles 29:15

There is but a span between the cradle and the grave! Solomon says there is “a time to be born and a time to die”–but mentions no time of living, as if that were so short, it was not worth naming!

Time, when it has once gone, can never be recalled. “My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away, filled with tragedy. It disappears like a swift boat, like an eagle that swoops down on its prey.” Job 9:25-26

“What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!” James 4:14

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life!” Psalm 39:4

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

by Thomas Watson