The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.– Harriet Beecher Stowe
Have you cursed the day of your birth? Or have thought about life being worthless? I am guilty of those. As a teenager with emotions on the high and hormones affected logical thinking. I pondered about problems and how easy it was to solve them if I did not exist and/or ceased to exist. In my adulthood, overwhelming difficulties made me think about the same solutions.
Thank God, Jesus saved me and now I have a different way of understanding difficult situations and different ways of dealing with stress. I now have a hope that is bigger than any problem, that is Jesus Christ. And we can hold on to His promise that no matter what the situation we are in He is there to guide us – all we have to do is ask.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Job 3:11. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Esther 3:8: What Makes You Different?
Reality Of Death
Before I thought death was just a sad moment for the families and friends left behind and a day to remember. But looking through the scriptures, I learned that death is a result of our sins. Paul clearly stated it, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Moreover, I learned that death was not part of the original plan of God. And that death is not our final destination.
It is written, since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass, (Job 14:5). Furthermore, each one of us already has a set day for when we will meet our Creator, whether we believe Him or not.
Death Understood Differently
There are many beliefs or understanding in regards to death. Some think of it as the cessation of existence or that your energy will be just transformed or transferred. Others, see it as a start of a new cycle – a reincarnation. Yet some look at it as everybody will go to heaven or nirvana because each one has done good deeds. Still few regard it as a reunion with God.
Did you notice any similarities in these concepts? When people take about death, it does not tag along with it the talk of judgement. Why? For the reason that people do not want to talk about it or are in denial. Death is the final stage wherein we will know if we will be with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit eternally or in the eternal lake of fire with Satan and his demons.
Hence, death was and is never an option to solve problems. Rather, it is an event that everyone will be in when it is their time for evaluation.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
- Did you have situations wherein you thought about not being born or being dead?
- What did you do?
- Have you considered this as a solution?
- Do problems overwhelm you?
- How do you solve it?
- Who or what is your hope? Accept Jesus Now.
- What is the meaning of death for you? We want to know.
- The beatitudes
- Baptism – the Answer of a Good Conscience toward God
- Bravery For Christ Even To Death
- How To Start The Year Right
- Love Thy God With All Your Being
Almighty Father, holy is your name. You have numbered our days and have given us a part in your sovereign plan. We humbly ask that you use us for the furtherance of your kingdom. O Lord, Jesus Christ you sacrificed your life for us to live and we thank you for that. May the Holy Spirit guide us as we walk with you and may our deeds will not let your self-sacrifice be in vain.
Send comfort to the people who are troubled and overwhelmed with problems, Lord. Use your believers to show them that you are there to help them. And let them hear your voice through the scriptures.
We pray in Jesus’ saving name. Amen.