Death and how it affects us:
Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.
As firefighters, we witness death on a regular basis. Some even become numb to the effects of being near it so often.
Or so we thought…
What happens when we lose a loved one?
What happens when tragedy strikes our own lives?
What happens when our health fails?
Do we then still look at death the same? Do we casually talk about it at the dinner table?
No, it becomes personal, painful, and all consuming. But there is hope and a future.
“But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed” Job 4:5
For those who choose to believe in Christ, the hope is a life everlasting. Death is a mere passage from this life to eternal life with God. Is our faith only strong when things aren’t going wrong?
But what about right now? The pain, the loneliness, the anger we feel when someone precious to us are taken from us.
We cry out in despair. We long for comfort and peace. This world offers temporary solutions to a permanent problem.
Our problem is that in the midst of our pain and grief we lack the perspective to see it all through God’s eyes. God is the one who can provide us the ultimate comfort.
“Blessed be the God . . . of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Father’s comfort:
Do you remember as a child when you would come to your parents in tears and they would tell you it would be okay?
Did you doubt? Did you ask for proof of their claim? Did you go and look for answers elsewhere because you didn’t believe them?
No. Because you had Faith.
“Faith is being confident in what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the trust that God asks you to have in Him. Just like a child doesn’t doubt their earthly father; we should not doubt our Heavenly Father.
We can have faith that death is not the end. Because:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
Let us encourage one another during our times of sorrow. God will provide us comfort and He has placed those in our fellowship to be “the hands an feet of Christ.”