3. Our days are numbered.
The concept that our days are numbered isn’t as easy to accept as we might think it is. There are many questions regarding why people die at certain times and in certain ways. For example, questions about young children dying before they even have a chance to live, or questions about people who choose to take their own lives are deeply troubling to us. As we struggle to make sense of life and death, here are a few comforting verses to remember:
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16)
“Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass, look away from him and leave him alone, that he may enjoy, like a hired hand, his day.” (Job 14:5-6)
“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:27-28)
Even though we have these truths in front of us, it doesn’t always ease the pain of losing a loved one. When God doesn’t answer our prayers to heal, we might even feel a sense of betrayal. At times like these, it’s imperative that we cling to the goodness of God even when we do not understand. For there will be a day when there are no more tears, no more sickness, and no more pain.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
Lord God, thank You for the promise that one day there will be no more death. Help us during this time on earth to keep that eternal view in mind. Remind us again and again that the old order of things will pass away. Comfort us in the midst of loss and help us to see Your goodness in the pain. It is in the holy name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
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