God's Word for Today. Death. What a word that is difficult to discuss. It is a word we would like to avoid. Personally, we tend to want to put this word off to the side as long as humanly possible. The kicker about death is that it shows up whenever it pleases. We really don't have much control. We could write death off as a fact of life. But, it just isn't that simple or easy.
It seems like here lately, I have been surrounded by death. The loss of a good friend in an auto accident. Other good friends' Mom passing away. My nephew's newborn baby not joining life in this world. A newfound Facebook friend having to say goodbye to his Dad. Another good friend losing his wife to cancer. All of this within the last few months. Sometimes it seems like death is accelerating and gaining frequency. I know that isn't quite true, but so many painful events.
Way back in the day, I used to say that I was lucky, and never had to bury someone close to me. When I reflect on that now, I realize my parents had in some form shielded me from the reality of death. They did this by not letting me attend funerals. Whether this was good or bad, I don't know. It saved me from the heaviness and pain of death at a young age. So I guess that might be good. My parents carried the burden for me.
Then, I finally reached the age when my folks decided I was old enough to carry the heartache of loss on my own. Distant type relatives that I would occasionally see at family get togethers who were important in my life, but maybe easier to disconnect from?
And then there are all those funerals between that time and suddenly, now. Now, family wise, I fall into that generation of "next in line". Death has progressed. It is close to my turn. Maybe that is why the thought and meaning of death affects me more now. Death is naturally right around the corner.
When one is young and seemingly invincible, death is not pondered upon. Sometimes you are faced with it by family, classmates, or friends who have found death too early. But, it seems like one moves on from it rather quickly. When one is young, what doesn't happen quickly? Oh, I am so done with talking about this..................
1 Corinthians 15:57. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord jesus Christ.
When we talk about death or are faced with death of a loved one, what we really want to know is: "Has my loved one found victory over death and is now in heaven with God?" That is the premier question. As humans with feelings, we need to confirm that someone who was very special to us is still OK. We need someone to confirm that life after death is a good thing. Our love for that person who met death can only be completed once our mind convinces our heart that they are in a better place.
I have been to many funerals over the years. I have missed many funerals that I wanted to be a part of, but circumstances kept me at a distance. There have also been ones where I didn't even know that death had occured until after the fact. After the goodbyes were already said. After a time period where words were too late. Those hurt too.
I can say, every funeral I have been to, every funeral I have missed, every funeral I didn't find out about till later, and every funeral I have known the person or people involved, without a doubt, death did not win. God has had victory in every one. No doubts, no questions, not even static in belief. Pure fact, each and everyone is in heaven.
In the same reference, I can also say that I might question my own destiny. You can probably relate to what I am now saying. Others are fine, they found victory. Me, myself, and I, know my faults. I know what, how, and who I have wronged. I question if I would ever even qualify to be considered for victory. God gave us a gift to question. It would have been nice, if He could have put a limit on those questions.
Today, know two things. One, the loved ones who you have laid to rest, are OK. They made it. Through God's grace and the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, the door was open and they made it. And two, you are going to make it too. Victory for you in Jesus is just that. Victory over death today is possible. You have, you are, and you will be OK.............................
Prayer: Dearest Lord and Father of Life Everlasting, I thank you. I thank you for taking those, who have gone ahead of me, in your loving arms and into your Kingdom. Forgive me for the doubts and uncertainty that creep into my mind. You gave me the ultimate life insurance policy through the gift of Jesus. Thank you God. We will see you soon. If it is your will Lord, not too soon. I would prefer to serve you here on earth a little while longer. In Jesus', who gave us Victory, name I pray. Amen.