When Death Darkens Your Door

     We are by our very nature emotional creatures. Each new day brings new circumstances, and we adjust our emotions accordingly. Life unfortunately includes an appointment at some point to be introduced to the harsher realities of separation and loss. Grief often strikes suddenly and convincingly. Grief can bring even the strongest Christians to their knees in a heartbeat. Dealing with death and loss is one of the most difficult challenges of life. We are left with the fundamental truth that:

Grief is but one example of the tapestry of emotions woven into the fabric of life

     Our only hope and source of comfort during these darkest hours is faith. I believe the comfort you receive from God is in direct proportion to your faith. If you are rich in faith, you will have access to an abundant amount of comfort in return. Let’s look at a founding father of faith, the Apostle Paul, and see the strength and confidence that faith in God nurtured in his life.

     Paul turned from a life persecuting Christians to become a champion of the gospel. The more he ministered, the more confidence and faith he seemed to possess. He began to see beyond our mortal boundaries and embraced a life that wasn’t silenced by death. He saw our journey no longer limited by what we could see and touch. The revelation he received, and passed on to us who believe, is a far-reaching. Eternal life overcomes the sting of death. His faith empowered him to even taunt and mock the prospect of death. His words to the Church of Corinth were direct and to the point: “Death- Where is thy sting? Grave- Where is thy victory?” {1 Corinthians 15:55-57)  Faith trumps fear.

Death is a interruption- a momentary pause on an eternal journey.

     Verse after verse in our Bible points to a promise of eternal life to the believer. Paul proclaimed for all to hear, “But by the grace of God I am what I am!  His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain(1 Corinthians 15:10). God has much more in store for us .The God who promises never to “leave nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) has “begun in you a good work and will complete it” (Philippians  1:6). It certainly doesn’t make sense for God to invest heavenly capital and resources to coax you to spiritual maturity only to suddenly lose that time and investment through the finality of death. Death is a momentary pause on an eternal journey.

     To tie our thoughts together, death is scary because we look upon it as a final destination. Faith and God’s word say otherwise. God’s world is built around eternity. One final thought. Jeremiah prophesied in his first chapter that “Before I formed ye in the belly, I knew thee” (Jeremiah 1:5). God was intimately involved in the beginning of your journey. It was no accident. Another verse that might not seem to have anything in common with Jeremiah is found in John 14, the words of Christ Himself. “In my father’s house there are many mansions….I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3) It sounds like a far-reaching journey that extends from eternity past to eternity future. And now, the most important point: your lesson for the day!!!

God’s plan for your life takes you from you Mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1) to your Father’s house (John 14)

                   What an amazing Gospel!


Music in a Minute “The Lord’s Prayer” performed by Orville Wright