A great change!
(Thomas Watson, "Until My Change Comes")
"All the days of my appointed time will I wait until my change comes." Job 14:14
That is, I will wait until my death comes.
Death, whenever it comes, makes a great change.
Death will make a certain change; there is no avoiding it. "No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave!" Psalm 89:48. It is neither strength, nor courage, nor any worldly grandeur — which can exempt from death. The godly must die, as well as others. Though death does not destroy the treasure of grace — yet death breaks the vessel that this treasure is in.
We are not so sure to lie down in our beds — as we are to lie down in our graves!
Our days are certain to God — but they are uncertain to us. The Lord alone, knows how long our hour-glass will be running. For all we know, there are but a few sands more to run. Life may expire in an instant. When we breath out — we never know whether we will ever take a breath in again!
Death will make a visible change. One scarcely knows their friends, they are so disfigured by death! The eyes are hollow, the jaws are fallen; death carries away all the goodly spoil of beauty. It changes a living body, into a foul carcass, Psalm 39:11, "You make his beauty to consume like a moth." Take a body of the finest spinning, once death like a moth gets into it, it consumes all the luster and glory of it. Death puts the body into such a frightful state — that nothing can desire it but worms!
Death will make an unalterable change. As the tree falls — so it lies to eternity. Death is a change which puts us into an unchangeable condition!
"It is appointed unto men once to die — and after that to face judgment!" Hebrews 9:27