We know intellectually that life is fragile, and that any one of us could leave this world at any time. But the reality has become much more than theory recently. We have loved ones who should still be here. They have been taken from us suddenly, and seemingly before their time.
Never has this hit home more than the last couple of weeks. To chat with a friend at church and make plans for the following week, only the next morning to hear that this bright light among us is now gone. It seems impossible to reconcile the news as real.
Is there anything redemptive that can come out of this culture of death that has thrown its nets over the global community these last few years?
The Lord is infinitely good beyond the scope of our comprehension, even when the whole world is falling apart. The grief and loss, if given to Him, He will not only share in with us, but He can redeem it to instigate in us a fire to see His word accomplish its purposes in tangible and expedient ways.
In the midst of compounding discouragement and frustration and sadness, I would like to testify personally of how the Lord has quickened eternity in my heart and opened doors to see the good news of His saving Kingdom come to the nations:
These are just a few highlights of the wondrous grace of our Lord this last month, and how the hand of Jehovah moves at the prayers of His saints, despite the lawless times we are in.
A line from the old hymn “Crown Him with Many Crowns” replays these days in my mind. “Who died eternal life to bring/And lives that death may die.”
“And lives that death may die.”
We too have died with Christ. And we also live that death may die. There is a curious abandon to the things of this world and a quickening of the desire to see His kingdom come when we grasp the brevity of life – that in fact, “we have [already] died and our lives are hidden in Christ” (Colossians 3:3).
*Crown Him with Many Crowns, Matthew Bridges, pub.1852 v. 3 by Godfrey Thring, pub.1874