If You're Going to Die By Hanging, You'll Never Drown
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2007 Oct 17
Tonight after the final service at Sierra Bible Church in Reno, a woman came by the book table. While she was writing a check, she said, “If you’re going to die by hanging, you’ll never drown.” I looked up and said, “What was that?” She smiled and said that that was a favorite saying of her father. She hated when she was growing up, but now she understands it as a profound statement regarding God’s sovereignty.
If you’re going to die by hanging, you’ll never drown so don’t worry about it either way. You can only die one way, and since all our days are written in God’s book (Psalm 139:16), and he alone knows how our earthly journey will end, we don’t have to live in fear of the future. We’ll all die someday, sooner or later, but when the moment comes, we may hang or we may drown, but we won’t do both.
So cheer up, saints of God. If you’re going to die by hanging, you’ll never drown.