Everyday people die, it’s a tragedy of life. We are born and we know this, no matter how much life we “feel”, we know we are set to die. There are many people who suffer from Thanatophobia, a fear of death, that produces a slew of anxieties and leaves its victim hindered in life. My heart goes to out them, if this is you, please continue to read. It’s my goal to bring relief, not frustration to a topic that is already plagued with grief.
A Candid Look at Death
Death is sudden for some, and yet others see it coming from afar, suffering with diseases that take them to their place of rest. Death is very violent for some snatching them from this world, hurling them into the next. For others, death is as a dream easing upon them and wooing them into the after life. However death comes, it leaves loved ones mourning, hearts longing and questions unanswered. If we listen death tells of a story, larger than those who have went to the grave.
Death is a Result, Not a Creation!
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Gen 2:7
When God created the world, He created everything we see and placed a multitude of other things in the Earth to be discovered. To all these things He said that they were good. However, you don’t see death on the list. It’s not there. Why? Because death was not created by God, it was not in His plan of things. Death is a result of an act of disobedience. It came directly from the actions of Adam. Death echoes the fall of man, it screams that man has went astray from God. Death tells of paradise lost, it tells of a wrong choice, namely choosing to listen to his wife and not God. Even though the participant is silent, death speaks in many ways more than life!
Death, the Time Keeper
“Since his days are determined, the number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.” Job 14:5
We know that our days are numbered, but the number is withheld from us. Death keeps with it an element of surprise, for most it suddenly comes. I think about my friend, a veteran, a father and husband to a beautiful wife. He went on a routine, planned hunting trip, but death showed up, and that father left this world. This is the ultimate clock we race against. We don’t strive against God, as we think. I know we ask God “why” at funerals, but it’s death we strive against. He shows up on the day, unasked, unannounced, and unwelcomed.
Where Do We Go From Here
With death woven into the framework of life, where do we go? What do we do? This is where we go, we go to an act of obedience. We go to the confrontation of death, in a stand off at the Cross of Christ! Where death was defeated, releasing victory to all who believe in Him, quenching anxiety and fears concerning death and replacing it with the promise from God, that even though you die you will live.