Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fearing Death

The problem with this world is that it doesn't fit.  Oh, it will do for now, but it isn't tailor made.  We were made to live with God, but on earth we live by faith.  We were made to live forever, but on this earth we live but for a moment ...

We must trust God.  We must trust not only that he does what is best but that he knows what is ahead.  Ponder the words of Isaiah 57:1-2; "The good men perish; the godly die before their time and no one seems to care or wonder why.  No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from the evil days ahead.  For the godly who die shall rest in peace."

My, what a thought, God is taking them away from the evil days ahead.  Could death be God's grace?  Could the funeral wreath be God's safety ring?  As horrible as the grave may be, could it be God's protection from the future?

Trust in God, Jesus urges, and trust in me.

"Father, we know that someday you are going to take all your followers into eternal happiness.  And it is to that day, Father, that we look.  And it is upon our hope and confidence that you will return, that we stand."

When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy.  After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever, God promised this to all those who love him.

James 1:12

This body that can be destroyed will clothe itself with that which can never be destroyed, and this body that dies will clothe itself with that which can never die.  Death's power to hurt is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But we thank God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:54, 56

We know that our body - the tent we live in here on earth - will be destroyed.  But when that happens, God will have a house for us.  It will not be a house made by human hands;  instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever.

2 Corinthians 5:1

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