THE FEAR OF DEATH
Some of the Lord’s saints have not yet received dying grace; but then they are not going to die yet. Saints are prepared before they go. Our Lord does not pluck His fruit unwisely. Foolish people may tear the green apples from the tree with a pull and a wrench, and bruise them as they throw them into the basket; but our Lord values His fruit, and so He waits until it is quite ripe, and then He gathers it tenderly. When He puts forth His hand, the fruit bows down to it, and parts from the bough without a strain. When the believer comes to die, it will not be to an end which he feared, but to an end which he expected.
C. H. Spurgeon