Many people in this fast-paced society are chasing the honours of this world, the riches of this world, and the pleasures of this world (1John 2:15-17).
Their minds are clogged with the day-to-day vanities of life; they spend their spare time supporting sports or watching TV shows.
The great things of the world to come are kept out of their minds, the thoughts of where they will spend eternity, and making their call and election sure, find no place in their minds – when there are so many seemingly pressing things that occupy it. When people are sick, they think of things differently; they look at their treasures and pleasures with new eyes.
They see now that the things, to which they never gave much attention are far more important than all the things on which they have spent their time and the strength of their life.
When eternity draws near, the things of time fade away into insignificance, provided a person’s mind is not totally besotted with sin and darkness.
The psalmist said: ‘Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I keep Your word. It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I may learn your statutes.
If I had not been afflicted I would not have sought the Lord (Psa. 119:167 &171).
When the earth offers a soul no comfort, frequently this is what turns them to the Lord; and they are brought to say: ‘The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver’ (Psa. 119:172).
We have teams who go to hospitals and counsel, preach and pray for those who are sick and try to bring their souls to life before their bodies die.