What is it about Death?

14 Jan

Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us there is a season for EVERYTHING and a time for every purpose under Heaven.  Even a time to live and a time to die.  (Ever hear that song from the ’60s by the Byrds?  The lyrics are DIRECTLY from Eccl. 3).  From that logic, death is a natural part of life.  So, why do we have such a difficult time with death?

We do not like to lose relationships with those we love.  When we lose someone who means something to us, it is tough:  Realizing there will be no more words, visits, phone calls, etc.  Losing a parent, spouse, child, relative, or friend can leave a significant void in our lives.  And, believe me, that is tough!

We do not like change.  We are creatures of habit.  PERIOD.  Even the best of us who seem to embrace new things and change have habits that we love.  Even the best of us, deep down, really don’t like change.

We do not like the mystery that is DEATH.  To quote Capt. James T. Kirk, it really IS the “final frontier.”  We have no hard evidence or facts to KNOW what will happen when we die.  Many speculate what it will be like.  Some even claim to have gone and come back.  I have no ideas about that, but I do know this:  God PREPARES us for this day.  In fact, Jesus spoke specifically about this in John 14 (go read it!!).  Paul wrote specifically about it in 1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 5 (both great reads).

WHY is death a part of life?  I have no idea.  I know death entered the world when Adam and Eve fell into sin.  Death hurts those of us who survive much more than the ones who walk through that door.  We don’t like it.  We can even turn that on God and blame Him, which really accomplishes nothing at all.  Death is a fact of life.  A part of life.  The end of life.  If I knew all of the answers, I would probably own my own island by now ….

So, here is what I am driving at with all of this:  HAVE FAITH.  TRUST GOD.  I have no doubt that when a believer in Christ dies, the next moment for him/her is to be in Heaven with Christ!  (Luke 23:43 … SERIOUSLY, GO READ IT!!).  And, in our times of sorrow and mourning, we can draw near Him and know that He cares.  He loves us and shares our heartaches.  And if we trust Him, He will give us what we need to make it.  I promise!!!  Even better, HE PROMISES!!  (Most of the New Testament … GO READ IT!!)

One Response to “What is it about Death?”

  1. Jack Stanton January 14, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Death is also a great reminder.

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