I was sitting in my office at my desk. Across from me sat a man I loved dearly. As we talked about him having terminal cancer he said, with a smile on his face, “God is God and He is going to do what He wants to do”. Then the smile broadened and he added, “And that’s alright”.
Many things about that man, a deacon/music director, had impressed me, but never anything quite like this. Seeing the greatness of his faith and calmness of spirit left a deep impression on me. It made me wonder, however, “Why should we think that to be out of the ordinary for a Christian?” Should that not be every believers attitude? Do we not serve the same God and have the same hope he had? Did not Paul say, “to die is gain“(Phil. 1:21)? Would it not be “far better” to “depart, and to be with Christ” (Phil. 1:23)? Has God ever been unfair or made a mistake? Is not the grave but the gate to glory?
Dear friend we are all moving toward that day when we shall make our last move and enter into the presence of the Lord! As strange as it might seem to unbelievers, the best day of a Christian’s life is his last day. It is at that point that every problem will be solved, every pain will be removed, and every enemy banished. What we leave and what we receive will make death gain for every child of God. Our exit here will be our entrance into the presence of the Lord.
Naturally we all have question. Death is something we’ve never experienced before, plus there is the concern for others factor. We wonder about their welfare. Even when we know our loved ones are saved and that we shall be reunited it doesn’t always take away the anxiety. I doubt that any of us knows exactly how we would deal with the news that we are about to die. But if you are truly saved I suspect that you will do better than you think. I say that because God’s grace is sufficient for any situation. So while we might mourn, let us never murmur! The best is yet to come! Until that day comes let us believe, as Paul, that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)– HDS