Agony is the struggle that precedes death. We so often think of this state as prolonged, gruesome and slow—a patient fighting to beat some dreaded disease. Yet, agony may also be camouflaged beneath a happy exterior. While appearance suggests that life is good, underneath a desperate struggle to find meaning takes place.
Agony is the:
Agony! It doesn’t have to be so. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.
Revelation 9:5,6--They were not permitted to kill them but were to torment them for five months; their torment is like the torment caused by a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
Agony that has God behind it can be turned into triumph; but think of agony in which there is no God, neither in heaven above nor earth beneath, only the terror of an accusing conscience. No human sympathy can touch that desolation.—Oswald Chambers in Bringing Sons Into Glory
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)