|Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM|
Remember how short my life is, how empty this human existence! No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Psalm 89:47-48
I thank God each day for setting me free from the fear of dying Hebrews 2:14-15. I use to live my life afraid of doing anything with it from a fear that it would result in my immediate death. Jesus showed me that death is the price we all have to pay. We don’t have the power of knowing the exact moment Mark 13:32 or even when and where but we do have the power to choose how we will live today. He lived courageously unafraid of death even though he knew his life would result in it he lived as though he had everything to live for.
In the beginning in Genesis when the brothers we know today as the tribes of Israel asked their father Jacob to take the youngest Benjamin to see “the man” who would give them grain to feed their families in the famine, they argued about it because Jacob was so afraid to lose his son to death. Judah said to his father in Genesis 43:10 “If we hadn’t wasted all this time, we could have gone and returned twice by now.” Jacob finally said…”if I must lose my children, so be it.”
In the middle of battle Joshua took his armor bearer with him to check out the odds against the Philistine army in 1 Samuel 14 he had to make a choice live afraid or live like he knew that God was on his side. In verse 6 he says “Perhaps the LORD will help us, for nothing can hinder the LORD. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” Two against many were defeated in the field that day.
All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead He devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from Him. 2 Samuel 14:14
The lepers in 2 Kings 7:3-4 said perfectly “Why should we sit here waiting to die? We will starve if we stay here, but with famine in the city we will starve if we go back there. So we might as well go out and surrender…if they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” So they did and they survived. They ate to their hearts content.
For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live it is to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8
When Mordecai asked his niece to speak to the king on behalf of her people who were sentenced to die just approaching the king without being called would result in her own death though she hesitated fearful of death as any human in their right mind would do she finally agreed and said in Esther 4:16 “If I must die, I must die.” Refusing to live afraid to die, death will arrive whether she approached the king or whether she did not. He allowed her to live and save her people.
Indeed, how can people avoid what they don’t know is going to happen? None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent that day of our death. There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle. And in the face of death, wickedness will certainly not rescue the wicked. Ecclesiastes 8:7-8
A coward stands in the company of unbelievers and the immoral in the fiery lake Revelation 21:8 there was a time I lived unafraid until I learned that my actions made my faith complete James 2:22 saying I believe and acting in that belief is why all my ancestors lived their lives unafraid to die.