Sunday, November 23, 2014

Is. 57:1,2 Dealing with the godly dying before their time.

Is. 57:1-2  The righteous pass away; the godly often die before their time. And no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For the godly who die will rest in peace.

Here are a couple of verses that should be taught and learned by all of the body of Christ.  We often wonder why certain people die when they do.  In our minds it just doesn’t seem to be right, especially if they are young and are offering so much to life.  It is especially true when their death is compared to that of those who may survive and have very little to contribute.  It just doesn’t seem fair to us that some die when they do.  Why would God allow people to die who are having great impact on their families, church, friends and the world?  We will never know the answers to the questions we often have.  Yet, we can take great comfort in God’s Word today.

God sees and knows what we don’t.  He knows what the future holds for us.  He knows the affect the future will have on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.   In order to protect His children from certain disaster in the future, the Lord may call some home in what we would say would be prematurely.  The death of His children is a good thing.  It is a testimony of God’s love, mercy, and compassion.  For those who die, the Lord is sparing them from what is to come.  For those who remain to mourn their passing, the Lord gives them comfort and peace as they rest in His presence.  And, He reassures us that even though one may pass on into eternity ahead of us, we will indeed see them again. 

For the believer, death is a good thing.  It is what each of us lives for.  Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace.  We will see the Lord!  Let us not look upon death as an unwelcome intrusion in our lives.  Let us not turn against God in our grief and sorrow.  Let us instead thank the Lord for sparing us from what we don’t know and bringing to us rest from our labors.  Let us thank the Lord for the wonderful life that awaits us in Christ beyond the grave.  Let us thank Him for the comfort He gives in knowing that those who die in the Lord are with Him for all of eternity.

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