Are you prepared to respectfully conduct yourself in the presence of the King?

It happened at Wheaton College about 50 years ago. Wheaton’s president, V. Raymond Edman, a godly man, was speaking in chapel one Friday morning. He had just finished telling about the time he had carefully rehearsed for an audience with the then-emperor of Ethiopia.

His application for the students, whom he felt had slipped into a spirit of irreverence in their worship, was simple: you must always be prepared to respectfully conduct yourself in the presence of the King of Kings.

Having made his point, Dr. Edman suddenly slumped to the floor and died. Having spoken of entering the presence of the King, he did it himself. He left at the moment of God’s choosing, whom, we trust, watches over us too.

– Adapted from Gordon MacDonalld

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