Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord: and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
At age 84 he acknowledged his sin unto God, repented of it, and trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. Praise God!
He attended church his entire life, but based on his own confession at age 84 he was unsaved all those years. This was his appraisal of himself, and not mine. He had been "religious," but he was not saved.
At age 84 he was saved!
God knows all them that are His. God did not allow the serious pulmonary condition that ran its course in a few months to take my father until he had once and for all believed,
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
I know my father heard the gospel many times in the last 20-30 years of his life. But he truly heard it in his last two years, at a time when God could still be found by him.
If we die without finding God, that is a time when He cannot be found. Then, it is too late, for "the night has come when no man can work."
If we die without finding God we have no recourse. For, "As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Heb. 9:27.
Thank you, Lord, for saving my father.