Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:
16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Observation: This life, for all of us is but a passing breeze in the scope of our eternal lives, it is but the beginning of a never ending strand of existence.
Application: These words are meant to be a comfort for those who have lost loved ones. It is so difficult when someone we love passes away from this life, and even more so when it seems that their time was cut short here. This past week a young man that many of us across the state and beyond have been praying for passed away after being severely burned. He held on for several days while every person of faith who could be reached prayed. On Friday he went home to be with God.
Did God desire this young man of only seventeen years to be with him? Is this why he took him at such a young age? I have thought about this kind of thing many times before. I don’t think God makes bad things happen like this just so a person can be with Him in heaven. I don’t think God caused the accident. I don’t think it’s part of His plan. But it is evident that many things in life happen that are not part of God’s plan. Does that mean that He is not there, not involved, not active in our lives? No – He is with us.
Even though God didn’t stop the accident, and didn’t heal the injuries, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love him, it doesn’t mean He doesn’t love his family. It just means that bad things happen in this life. Jesus told us that this life would be full of trouble, sorrow, bad circumstances and rough roads but the good news is that Jesus overcame this world and opened the doors to the next for us. Many times I think the ultimate healing for us is to bring us on home to Heaven.
Once we are all together with the Lord forever and we look back on this life we will understand much more than we ever can while here. But until then we should take comfort in the knowledge that we will have much more time on the other side of eternity to connect and fellowship with the loved ones that are taken from us too soon, we will have all of time.
Prayer: Eternal God,
Thank you for the time that you gave here in this life to those whom you have brought home quickly. Thank you for the impact that they were able to have upon us. Teach us God of how precious our time here is and help us each to take advantage of every opportunity and to make the most of every day.