Not Too Soon Nor Too Late

You shall come to the grave at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season. Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear it, and know for yourself.”Job 5:26, 27

“Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age.” “Ah!” says one, “that is not true. Good people do not live longer than others. The most pious man may die in the prime of his youth.” But look at my text. It does not say, thou shalt come to thy grave in old age-but in a “full age.” Well, who knows what a “full age” is? A “full age” is whenever God likes to take his children home…All fruit do not get ripe and mellow at the same season. So with Christians. They are at a “full age” when God chooses to take them home. They are at “full age” if they die at twenty one; they are not more if they live to be ninety.

There are two mercies to a Christian: First, he will never die too soon…no Christian ever does. But say some, “How useful might they have been had they lived.” Ah! but how damaging they might have been!..Are you quite sure they would have done so much good? Might they not have done much evil? Could we have a dream of the future, and see what they might have been, we should say, “Ah Lord! let it stop while it is well.”…The Christian dies well: he does not die too soon. Again, the Christian never dies too late. That old lady there is eighty years old. She sits in a miserable room, shivering by a handful of fire. She is kept by charity. She is poor and miserable. “What’s the good of her?” says everybody: “she has lived too long…Do not you find fault with your Master’s work? He is too good a husbandman to leave His wheat in the field too long and let it shale out.

Hear what God says to each of us:-“Thou shalt come to thy grave in full age.”,,,Heaven is ready enough for thee, and thy Lord will say, “Come up higher!” when thou hast arrived at a full age-but never before nor after.~ C.H. Spurgeon

4 thoughts on “Not Too Soon Nor Too Late

  1. Sherry, Spurgeon would be shown the door in most evangelical churches today for his stand on Rome. You’re probably already aware of “Geese in their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, edited by Timothy F. Kauffman, 1997.

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