I am reading through the story of Job. The righteous man who was following hard after God and the ‘stuff happens’ in his life. The Lord allows the hand of Satan to play havoc on Job’s life. He loses everything. His physical body is aching to the point of wanting to die.
He doesn’t get it! He pleads with his God. He is searching for hope and comfort. He asks a great question of God. Job 14:14 Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.
It reminded me of a similar question that God will ask of Ezekiel the prophet, Ezekiel 37: 1 The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. 2 He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. 3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”
The obvious answer is NO! But with God…the answer is YES! Both physically and spiritually God is in the business of raising up dead bones. He is in the business of restoring weary bones.
He gives LIFE. Every breath I breathe I breathe in Him. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Jesus took the ‘sting out of death.’
In fact, one of the greatest gifts that God gave us is DEATH. It is his way of allowing us to exit this sin depraved world and enter into ETERNITY to enjoy His perfect place He is preparing for us.
So, the answer to Job’s question is found in the words of the wonderful Psalm 30:5, Hold on my child, Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.
Struggles are as Certain as is our VICTORY! There is NO STING in death for the believer in Christ. Live for Christ….Die for Christ…Either way…YOU WIN!
Great Post Dan!
Thanks Buddy! Hope all is going well in the NORTH end of the Northeast! Your Bro is coming to my place today…looking forward to a great meeting with some awesome pastors from the Northeast!