We live in times where most people never think about how short or fragile life is, we believe death is far away from us all, until tragedy strikes. A car accident, stroke, heart attack, the call from the Doctor telling you or your loved ones have cancer, evil in the world, or a hundred other ways death comes to take us, but death does come for us all.
The reality of life is this; each of us, every person who has breath in their body today walks in the shadow of death, so whatever is going on keep walking with Christ, never look back keep pressing on towards the prize.
Those who walk with God have Him to comfort us, protect us, provide for us, He gives His peace to us so we can walk without fear with Him, even in the face of evil, death, or disease, there is nothing to worry about for we are in God’s hands.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this
“No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God, no one has yet heard about the realm of the resurrected, and not been homesick from that hour, waiting and looking forward joyfully to being released from bodily existence. Whether we are young or old makes no difference. What are twenty or thirty or fifty years in the sight of God? And which of us knows how near he or she may already be to the goal? That life only really begins when it ends here on earth, that all that is here is only the prologue before the curtain goes up.”
God’s word tells us life is but a vapor, we are here today and gone tomorrow, for those who have put their faith in Christ we will be escorted by death into the presence of Christ, those who reject Christ will be escorted by death into the darkness and torment away from the presence of Christ.
How we see things affects how we live, the world only sees a hopeless end to it all, but with Jesus, we have endless hope, our lives should reflect our faith no matter what comes our way, we should live in faith over fear, we don't find joy in tragedy or death, it stings, but we can find comfort and joy always in Christ because He lives, we know we will live and so will all who put their faith in Him.
Whatever fiery ordeal we face today, be confident in Christ, He will be there with us, He will complete what He started in us, He has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort us, and lead us He will never leave or forsake us.
God's word says this:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:1-6 ESV
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.” John 3:16-18 CSB
“Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of his resurrection.....Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:3-5, 8-11 CSB
“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.” Philippians 3:12-16 CSB
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.” James 4:13-17 CSB
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