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“And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them” (Revelation 9:6).

We live in an age where, more and more, there are those places that encourage euthanasia.  How cheap life has become.  There are those who long for death and it is not present.  What a crazy world.  Life and death belong to the Lord.  In pain, will you praise the Lord?  In torment, will you take control yourself and ignore that the Sovereign Lord is in control?  We all experience many things, but who is the Lord of you?

Lord, I do not understand the mind of the wicked.  At one moment they will yell at me that I am insensitive because I do not love their cause.  In the next moment, they will go back on their word and hate me.  Are they seeking death?  They are dying, but why do they do these things?  Help me to lean on You, the Author of life, and then live the life You give.  Guide me in Your goodness, Lord, to live beyond the insanity of this world.

Savior of the repentant sinner, there are times when the relief of death is a temptation.  In those moments, Your Spirit reminds me that I am in Your hands and that all belongs to You.  Let me stand against any who would take life or death into their hands, including me.  Let me be one who stands for life amidst a culture that loves to murder.  Let the longing of my heart be for Your righteousness.  Amen.